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Supermarket wins booze battle By Bridget Rutherford A SUPERMARKET has won a three-year battle allowing it to display alcohol at the end of aisles and facing other groceries – for now. The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority has decided to allow New World Bishopdale to display its alcohol where it is, until it renews its off-licence next year. But medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey (right) said the decision would increase shoppers exposure to alcohol, resulting in more sales. “More sales of alcohol results in more harm, both directly and indirectly,” he said. Currently, the alcohol is displayed on an outer aisle. At the rear of the supermarket, it faces the dairy chillers, while at the other end, it is opposite the bakery products. Under new rules in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, supermarkets and grocery stores must restrict the display of alcohol to a single area.
SUCCESS: New World Bishopdale has won a long-running battle over how it can display PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER
The area should be out of the way so customers do not have to walk through it when doing their general shopping. In 2014, New World Bishopdale’s new owner Bond Markets, applied to the district licensing committee for a new off-licence under the new rules. During the hearing, concerns were raised about the alcohol display being in the general shopping area. But owner Nigel Bond said due to space restraints, there were no other options. The committee ruled to restrict the area, so Bond
Markets appealed the decision to ARLA, which ruled in its favour. Dr Humphrey then appealed ARLA’s decision to the High Court. Justice David Gendall then quashed ARLA’s ruling. After a Court of Appeal sitting, ARLA reconsidered the appeal against the district licensing committee’s original 2014 decision in July. ARLA said the supermarket’s off-licence was up for renewal next year. “The Authority does not consider it in the interests of justice that the parties are put
to the trouble and expense of having to renew the licence only to have to do so again almost immediately thereafter.” But Dr Humphrey said ARLA declined to take into account limiting exposure to alcohol. “By placing alcohol directly opposite a section of the supermarket which most shoppers frequent, exposure to alcohol, often significantly discounted, will be increased,” he said. Foodstuffs South Island retail general manager Tim Donaldson said he was “very pleased” with the decision.
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In Brief HALSWELL ROADS NAMED New road names in two Halswell subdivisions have been approved by the HalswellHornby-Riccarton Community Board, at a meeting last Tuesday. The new roads, which are in Awatea Park and Quarry View subdivisions, have been named Romanee Lane, Muirhill St, Pegson Lane and Foden Lane. RICCARTON BUSH WORK The cycleway in Riccarton Bush has been upgraded, and more work is set to be done in the next few weeks. Better security cameras are going to be installed to increase monitoring, as well as speed calming measures, additional signage and markings, and new light poles. PUPILS PEN TOP PIECES Two Westburn School pupils’ placed at the 2017 National Calligraphy Competition. The competition was run by the Confucius Institute and International Languages Exchanges and Pathways. Max Hao, Year 5, finished first in the Primary Brush Pen competition for native speakers and second equal in the Primary Hard Pen competition for native speakers. Michael Chen, Year 4, was third equal.
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