Story: Liquor laws

Beer on sale in a supermarket, 1999

Beer on sale in a supermarket, 1999

A supermarket customer buys boxes of beer along with other groceries from a Wellington supermarket on 1 December 1999. This was the first day that supermarkets were permitted to sell beer. The drinking age was also lowered from 20 to 18.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/3744/28-F
Photograph by John Nicholson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Liquor laws - Radical reform', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 March 2024)

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