FAQs - Alcohol-free Zones
- overnight alcohol-free zones from 9pm to 6am at all beaches in the District;
- overnight alcohol-free zones from 9pm to 6am at public places in urban areas (from Paekākāriki to Te Horo);
- 24 hour, 7 day per week alcohol-free zones for all skate parks in the District; and
- 24 hour, 7 day per week alcohol-free zones in specified areas of Otaki.
For further information and maps, please see the current bylaw:
A District-wide ban gives Police the ability to intervene when alcohol is being misused in public places. This will reduce the risk of unruly groups getting out of control in public places due to alcohol and harming themselves or other people/property.
- you are consuming the liquor at a premises that is licensed under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (i.e. clearly defined licensed area including tables and chairs on the footpath);
- you have purchased the unopened liquor from a liquor licensed premises and are transporting the liquor promptly through the public place to a private property; or
- you have been granted a waiver or dispensation in writing from a Council Officer.
Only Police can enforce the rules. However, the public can help by reporting people who are drinking and causing problems in a public place during restricted hours to Police (call 111).
- give you a warning;
- seize any alcohol (opened or unopened);
- search any container (including a bag, box, parcel or vehicle); or
- use the power of arrest.
Make sure your alcohol is stored in a bag while you walk through the public place and that it remains unopened.
9. Can I drink alcohol at promoted events in public places?
If an event in a public place has a special licence, then you can drink alcohol at that event. If it is an unlicensed event, the area occupied by the event has the same rules applying to it as any other public place in the alcohol-free zone during the hours the restriction is in force (i.e. you are not allowed to consume alcohol there).
11. I am freedom camping overnight in a designated public place. Can I drink in my campervan past 9pm?
Strictly speaking this is not allowed. However, Police can use discretion in relation to enforcement of rules in alcohol-free zones. Provided you are drinking in your private, fully-compliant, self-contained campervan and you are not causing any disturbance to others, it is unlikely the Police will be concerned.
12. How do I make a complaint if I see people drinking in public during restricted hours and am concerned about their behaviour?
Call 111 if you see people drinking in a public place during the restricted hours and they are being disorderly and/or harming themselves or other people/property.
13. I have seen a sign which has been damaged, stolen or defaced. What should I do?
Ring Council's Service Centre on 0800 486 486 and tell the operator where the sign is located. The appropriate staff member will then be contacted and the sign will be fixed or a new one installed.
14. How can I request an alcohol-free zone sign be put up near my property?
If you have seen people causing problems by drinking in a public place near your property, you can request a sign is put up there.
Ring Council's Service Centre on 0800 486 486 to talk to an operator about your request. The appropriate staff member will then be contacted and he/she will discuss the issue with Police to see if they agree a sign should be installed where you've requested.
If a sign is installed, you will not be charged.
15. Can I have a copy of the poster or sticker advertising alcohol-free zones to put up in my shop or shop window?
It's great to have businesses supporting alcohol-free zones. Ring Council's Service Centre on 0800 486 486 to request a poster or sticker (for the latter, make sure you state whether you want one that is sticky at the front or on the back).