Liquor Regulations

Liquor Licensing Policy (pdf, 100kb)

This policy outlines Council’s responsibilities as the District Licensing Agency for the Matamata-Piako District.

Provisional Local Alcohol Policy (pdf, 209kb)

In 2013 a new alcohol law was introduced that changed the way liquor licensing decisions are made. The new law gave communities a greater say on where and when alcohol is available in their communities - the Provisional Local Alcohol Policy outlines what we proposed for the Matamata-Piako District. There were three appeals made to this Provisional Policy. Council has been working through these issues and has now approved a revised Provisional Local Alcohol Policy, this revised policy was sent to all original submitters on 11 August 2016 with an option to join as section 205 party.

Provisional Local Alcohol Policy 2014 Proposed amendments

Liquor Ban

Council has adopted a liquor ban through an amendment to Schedule Four of the Public Safety Bylaw. A 24 hour, seven day a week liquor ban is now in force within the townships of Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Waharoa.

The purpose of this bylaw is to to deal with the control of liquor in public places. It also provides the Police with an effective way to address the negative effects associated with the consumption of liquor in public places, without impacting on law abiding citizens.

The liquor ban means that you can carry un-opened alcohol down the street or transport it in your car, but you cannot drink it within the liquor ban area, including the district's parks and reserves. If you break any of the bylaw rules, police must give you the opportunity to remove the alcohol from the liquor ban area before they police can search and/or arrest you.

Signage will not be in place to identify the liquor ban. The maps below identify the liquor ban areas


Liquor Ban Areas

Matamata Liquor Ban Area

Morrinsville Liquor Ban Area

Te Aroha Liquor Ban Area

Waharoa Liquor Ban Area