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National Advocacy


New Zealand Food Safety Strategy 2019-2024

The draft strategy:

- outlines how they intend to maintain a food safety system that can be trusted by everyone, everywhere

- focuses on the future and how risks will be effectively managed while continuing to deliver for New Zealand consumers and food businesses.

Find out more here

View Hospitality NZ submission here

This consultation is now closed. Hospitality NZ has made a submission on this consultation.


Regional Advocacy


Northland & Auckland - Kim Odendaal, Regional Manager

Local Alcohol Accord - Kaipara

Member, community and agency meetings, focusing on alcohol licensing.  The meetings are attending by Alcohol Licencing, Police, Healthy, Fire & Road Safety. 

District Licensing Meetings - Far North

Agency meetings, attended by Alcohol Licensing, Police, Health & Hospitality NZ Regional Manager Kim Odendaal.

Central City Alcohol & Community Safety Taskforce - Auckland

Meetings focusing on the safety in the central city and its fringes and what part alcohol play in that. Various stakeholders, including Police and Local Councillors attend.

Whakapai Kai 2020 / Food Safety Information Bylaw 2020 - Auckland

Submission put forward on the implications for our members of the current Food Grading system.

Purple Flag - Nighttime Economy - Auckland

Focusing on the night-time economy in the Dominion Road area, by introducing great food and entertainment offerings, reliable transport and a secure environment after dark.


Taranaki, Manuwatu, Whanganui, Taupo & Wellington - Adam Parker, Regional Manager

Local Alcohol Policy - Palmerston North

Regional Manager Adam Parker and Branch President Colleen Maxwell have attended several meetings relating to the proposed Local Alcohol Policy for Palmerston North.

Adam has now submitted a comprehensive submission on the Draft LAP, on behalf of members.

Revitalisation of Alcohol Accord - New Plymouth

Regional Manager Adam Parker has worked with the Taranaki Branch members to bring back a quarterly alcohol accord at New Plymouth District Council. This included an initiative called "Mellow Yellow" and was revamped back in October 2019.

The Accord meeting allows all members of HNZ to liaise with local authorities and licensing inspectors in alcohol related matters in the New Plymouth District.

On Street Dining Policy - New Plymouth

Hospitality NZ Taranaki Branch made a submission to council regarding the potential on-street dining policy changes. After reviewing the submission, council have decided to retract the proposed changes and reconsider the regulations around it.


Wellington & Hawkes Bay - Nick Hill, Regional Manager

Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw - Wellington

Following providing multiple written submissions, Branch President Matt McLaughlin and Regional Manager Nick Hill gave an oral presentation to Wellington City Council on the proposed Alcohol Fees bylaw.

Following this, a discussion group was formulated with Council and key stakeholders including the Wellington Branch of HNZ to ensure that the future steps the bylaw are reasonable and accountable – these discussions continue.

Submission: Submission by Hospitality NZ Wellington Branch

Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw - Lower Hutt 

The Wellington Branch provided written submissions on the alcohol licensing fee increases proposed by Hutt City Council. Following this Branch President Matt McLaughlin and Regional Manager Nick Hill gave an oral presentation to Council.

While Council ultimately decided to go ahead in adopting the bylaw in opposition to Hospitality NZ's points - Council did agree to a progressive increase over 3 years rather than a significant instantaneous increase.

Submission: Submission by Hospitality NZ Wellington Branch

Media: HNZ Regional Manager Nick Hill talks to Stuff about Hutt City Council’s proposed increase to alcohol licensing fees.


Nelson, Marlborough, Kaikoura & West Coast - Kelly Harris, Regional Manager

Local Alcohol Policy - Kaikoura

Submission made to Kaikoura District Council on their Draft Local Alcohol Policy. KDC have still not heard from submitters on this. Seems that it is at a stale mate for now. 


Central Otago, Otago & Southland - Charlotte Simpson, Regional Manager

Drug Use In Bars - Central Otago

Queenstown Lakes District Council, Hospitality NZ Central Otago Branch and the Southern District Health Board hosted a "Drugs in Bars" awareness seminar to highlight the issue and provide ways to actively reduce the number of incidents.

Media: Queenstown authorities join bar staff to target party drug use

Late Night Openings - Otago

Dunedin bars won their fight to stay open past midnight: Following tireless advocacy to challenge Dunedin Council definition of “Residential Bar”, and culminating in DLC hearings, seven Bars won their fight to be able to open past midnight.

Media: HNZ Otago Branch President Mark Scully talks to Otago Daily Times about seven Dunedin bars that challenged changes made to Dunedin’s local alcohol policy.

Media: HNZ Otago Branch President Mark Scully talks to Otago Daily Times about the success of a challenge made by Dunedin bars to stay open past midnight.

Otago University Student Association Calls for lower alcohol excise tax for On Licenses - Otago

Hospitality NZ Otago Branch supported the Otago University Student Association's call for lower alcohol excise tax for On License operators, noting that On Licenses provide controlled environments for the consumption of alcohol while high costs imposed through alcohol excise deters students - sending them to consume in uncontrolled environments.

Media: HNZ Otago Branch President Mark Scully speaks to Newshub about the implications of calls by Otago University students to be able to drink more cheaply, in the safer environment of on-licensed venues.

Media: HNZ Otago Branch President Mark Scully discusses requests made by the Otago University Students' Union with Newstalk ZB.

Local Alcohol Policy - Southland

The Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council announced in April 2019 the requirement for the LAP to be 'looked at'.

The Southland Branch Executive met with the Council on 31st July 2019 to discuss.  This was followed by a hearing on 28th August where the Southland Branch of HNZ submitted on the proposed LAP.  


Pick from the list of key areas below for more information on our Advocacy efforts:

General Industry Advocacy

Accommodation & Tourism

Employment & Immigration

Environment & Sustainability

Food & Alcohol

Gaming & TAB


If you have questions about our Advocacy work, or want to know more about Regional Advocacy work in your area, please contact your Regional Manager on 0800 500 503.