25 August 2011
Temporary alcohol bans for Papanui and Merivale
Christchurch City Council today agreed to impose six-month temporary alcohol bans in Papanui and Merivale public places
with effect from 8 September 2011. The temporary bans make it illegal for people to drink alcohol or carry an open
container of alcoholic drink in public places in the ban areas on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from
6.00 pm to 6.00 am during the six-month ban period.
The temporary bans are being put in place to help address increased violence and disorder in Papanui and Merivale
because more people are drinking in suburban areas since the 22 February 2011 earthquake closed hospitality venues in
the Central City. The bans are temporary, rather than permanent as the displacement of patrons from the Central City is
expected to ease as the cordon is progressively reduced.
Both bans will apply from 8 September 2011 to 8 March 2012 in all public spaces controlled by the Council, and on all
roads, whether Council-controlled or not. It does not apply to venues with an appropriate liquor licence or to places
that are open to the public such as private car parks or sports grounds.
Signs will be displayed on local streets in Papanui and Merivale showing a map of the ban area for each suburb to ensure
it is clear exactly where each ban applies.
People who breach the bans may be arrested and could be fined and held liable for court costs as well as risking a
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says that the bans are necessary to assist in ensuring local people and visitors to the
area alike can feel safe from alcohol-related nuisance and crime.
“Most people drink responsibly but for those who don’t, these bans provide a compelling reason for them to drink
sensibly at home, or on licensed premises where there are appropriate controls and supervision,” he says.
A temporary ban was also considered for Akaroa but the Council made the decision that it was not needed. They agreed
with Council staff and some locals who advised that alcohol-related issues there are few and far between and there has
been no increase in the number or seriousness of offences in Akaroa since the earthquakes.