Allowing bars to open during Rugby World Cup games didn’t turn the country into the drunken shambles that had been predicted, say the backers of the law change that made it possible…
A law change was made two months ago to allow bars to open early during the tournament, rather than having to apply for special licences.
The change was enabled by a bill from ACT's sole MP David Seymour, who watched the final at a bar in Auckland's Mt Eden.
He was happy there had been no major problems and it showed New Zealanders were actually responsible people.
"The picture that was painted when the bill was debated was that New Zealanders are infantile and if there's not a law made to prevent it happening there would just be drunk people pouring out into the street and harassing children," he said.
However, there had actually been a very positive spirit with many generations watching games together, he told NZ Newswire.
Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson says it played out exactly has they had anticipated.
"If police hadn't been so difficult over the applications for special licences under the existing act it wouldn't have been necessary [to introduce this temporary legislation for the tournament," he told NZ Newswire.
So for all the talk of drunken disaster peddled by the lemon-suckers, instead NZ adults were allowed to act like adults—and did.
Time to give the lemon-suckers the boot, and permanently restore the right of NZers to enjoy themselves responsibly.