Rugby game highlights ‘farcical’ Easter liquor laws

This Friday's Super 14 match in Wellington between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders shows New Zealand's liquor laws are “out-dated and farcical” and in need of reform. The message comes from Adam Cunningham, president of the Wellington branch of the Hospitality Association, who has highlighted some of the bizarre consequences of the rules around selling liquor at Easter.

This Friday’s Super 14 match in Wellington between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders shows New Zealand’s liquor laws are “out-dated and farcical” and in need of reform.

The message comes from Adam Cunningham, president of the Wellington branch of the Hospitality Association, who has highlighted some of the bizarre consequences of the rules around selling liquor at Easter.

Fans attending the Good Friday match-up at Westpac Stadium will be able to buy a beer before, during and after the game from the venue while Crusaders supporters travelling up from Canterbury will be able to have a drink on the ferry or plane on the way.

But Mr Cunningham said there is one thing none of these fans will be able to do and that is have a drink at the bar either before or after the match; those wanting to watch the game at their local bar will also be sadly disappointed.

New Zealand’s “archaic” laws say that on Good Friday and Easter Sunday you cannot have a drink at a bar unless you are there for the purpose of dining.

Mr Cunningham said if you like rugby and a beer get along to the stadium this Friday.

“If you prefer to watch the rugby at your local, then talk to your local Member of Parliament about updating New Zealand’s archaic liquor laws.”

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