Closing of Premises Licensed to Sell Alcohol Between March 2013 and March 2017

Adam Ward made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Adam Ward

Dear Ministry of Justice,
On the webpage...
... you provide the addresses of every premises in NZ that is licensed to sell alcohol. I am interested in the effect that the opening and closing of licensed premises (particularly bottle shops) has upon the socio-economic status of the surrounding area. Whilst the above link provides information as to when licensed premises opened it does not provide any information as to the closing of licensed premises.

As such, please could you provide the:
i. Premises Name & Address
ii. Date of expiry of most recent license
iii. Venue type (e.g. tavern, bottle shop, restaurant)
for all licensed premises that chose not to renew their licenses (i.e. shut down) between March 2013 and March 2017.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Ward

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Ministry of Justice

Good afternoon Mr Ward,

I am writing to confirm the Ministry of Justice has received your request and will respond in due time.

Have a good weekend,

Kind regards,

Sophie Warren
Ministry of Justice

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From: Paltridge, Antony
Ministry of Justice

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Hi Adam


Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act request
regarding licenced premises.







[1]Description: Description: Description: Antony Paltridge
Team Leader (Media and
External Relations) |
Communication Services
DDI: +64 4 918 8980







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Nigel Jones left an annotation ()

This looks a bit weird/fishy...

1) 2(6)(b) and 2(6)(e) are referring to

"(b) in relation to its judicial functions, a tribunal"
"(e) a commission of inquiry or board of inquiry or court of inquiry or committee of inquiry appointed, pursuant to, and not by, any provision of an Act, to inquire into a specified matter"

A tribunal, including ARLA has non-judicial functions, part of that is keeping track of who they have registered. Additionally the Justice department would at least have some of the spreadsheets laying around from maintenance of the website.

It could be well worth asking the Ombudsman to have a look, and if you do so, also ask them to have a look at the timeliness of their response, a rejection under the grounds that the OIA doesn't apply should've taken much shorter than it did (in my opinion).

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