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Radio NZ reports that "Sales at off-licences and supermarkets are being reduced to 12 hours a day - between 9am and 9pm [currently 7am-11pm].
Opening hours for bars and on-licences in the city will remain until 4am while, outside of the city centre, the closing time will be 3am.
The policy also introduces a two-year ban on new off-licences in areas deemed most at risk of alcohol harm."
The Council's original proposal, prior to public consultations and submissions (2,600 of them) last October, was for 3am closing for inner city and Ponsonby, and 1am closing for suburban bars with off-licences limited to sell alcohol to between 9am and 10pm, including supermarkets.
The next step will be for the Council to hear any appeals (expect the supermarkets to weigh in), before this comes into effect.
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