Liquor ban areas
The purpose of Liquor Ban areas is protecting the community and improving safety.
Drinking and possessing liquor is prohibited at all times in any public place (including in a vehicle) in liquor ban areas, which are mainly around the central areas of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Cambridge and Leamington.
Please note – if a temporary liquor ban is imposed at Lake Karapiro, we will share details on our news page.
What are the exceptions?
This ban does not apply to:
- Liquor being carried in unopened containers from licenced premises (e.g. supermarket/off-licence) to your home, private property or a restaurant.
- Areas covered by a liquor licence, for example an event with a special licence or outside dining areas, (if they have an On-Licence). On-Licences usually apply until 10pm, after that time the area becomes part of the rest liquor-ban area if it's inside a liquor ban area.
Where do these rules come from?
The rules for this enforcement are outlined in the Waipā District Public Places Alcohol Control Bylaw 2015 .
The Police have powers to enforce the bylaw, which include powers of arrest and search. Any person who breaches the bylaw may be liable on summary conviction to a fine.