Story: Liquor laws

Porirua Tavern, 1967

Porirua Tavern, 1967

The Sale of Liquor Act 1962 enabled taverns (establishments which sold alcohol without providing accommodation) to gain liquor licences. However, the licence-holder had to pay tax on the tavern turnover and this requirement remained in place until repealed by the Sale of Liquor Act 1989. This, combined with restrictions such as public objection polls, limited the number of taverns. To compensate, the ones that did exist were large and they gained bad reputations as violence-filled booze barns. This is the Porirua Tavern on the last day of 6 o’clock closing in 1967.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Liquor laws - Loosening of liquor laws', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Dec 2014