The just-released Government report on alcohol reform recommends fire station canteens remain exempt from having to hold a licence to sell or supply alcohol. Last year the UFBA and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission combined to present a submission to the Law Commission, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, advocating the status quo – that fire brigades, particularly volunteers, have unique reasons for retaining their onsite canteens without the need for individual licences.
Sir Geoffrey decided there should be no exemptions for canteens, but the Government has recommended otherwise. “This is a good outcome,” says UFBA Chief Executive George Verry, “but it’s just one step along the legislative process towards the exemption being in new liquor law passed by parliament.”
(The only other 2 exemptions recommended in the report are Police and Defence canteens).
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