Story: Liquor laws

10 o'clock closing

10 o'clock closing

Madge Spencer of the Britannia hotel in Wellington pours the last two beers for pub patrons on the first night of 10 o'clock closing in 1967. The more liberal social climate of 1960s New Zealand led to major liquor law reforms. The results of another referendum on licensing hours in 1967 – votes for later closing outnumbered those who chose the status quo by two to one – convinced Parliament to end 50 years of 6 o'clock closing that year.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Liquor laws - Loosening of liquor laws', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 15 Dec 2014