alcohol

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...
Nearly 40 people have had their say on proposed bylaw changes that would effectively ban "Crate Day" in Queenstown. Queenstown Lakes District Council staff have proposed changes that would ban drinking outdoors in the district's town centres and some other...

Crate Day crack down

Officers at the Queenstown Lakes District Council are calling for a district-wide alcohol ban in public places for National Crate Day and have suggested extending daily alcohol ban periods to minimise harm and offensive behaviour. About 300 people descended on...

Drowning in booze

The number of places to buy booze in Queenstown has sky-rocketed in recent years, new figures reveal. Info released by Queenstown's council show there were 259 licensed premises in the resort in the past financial year. That's up a whopping 34...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
German Arrowtowner Joerg Henkenhaf launched Broken Heart Spirits five years ago to honour the memory of a close friend. Henkenhaf and fellow German Bernd Schnabel spent many long evenings together drinking and discussing the grand art of distilling. The passionate distillers...

Booze bash blemish

A quarter of all crimes involving victims in Queenstown Lakes district over the past two years were assaults. Crime stats released by New Zealand Police show what many in the town already know anecdotally – boozy violence is one of the resort's...

Skyline shop seeks licence

A Queenstown  tourism company will know within the next month if it will be able to sell alcohol from a souvenir shop, a move some agencies believe would set a precedent for the resort. Skyline Enterprises Ltd appeared before the...
Queenstown Police are floating the idea of a 24-hour ban on public drinking in the wake of last Saturday's Crate Day chaos in the resort. But Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says he hopes a total ban can be avoided...
The organiser of Gibbston's summer concert is fighting for concert patrons to be permitted to buy more than five times the amount of alcohol listed in a national guideline for events. At a licensing hearing yesterday, agency reps said allowing the...
A Queenstown company's won international recognition for producing some of the best sake outside the beverage's traditional home of Japan. Zenkuro Sake – New Zealand's only sake brewer – won gold for its drip-pressed shizuku shibori style sake and silver...
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