Stop the closure of New Zealand cellar doors Petition

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Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog

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Whether you’re a Kiwi, Australian, or from anywhere else in the world, please sign the petition below.

The NZ wine growers have lobbied hard to repeal the section of the Alcohol Reform Bill that is being chaired by Simon Power MP. This bill will severely reduce the number of cellar door operations as it will increase cost for licensing and will require a duty manager to be employed.

I propose that there should be an exemption for all cellar door facilities, as they offer local employment, drive high spending tourism to the regional provinces, which without would see a drop in visitor numbers, and it’s this type of tourist that puts money in to the local economy.

For more information click here and here

Now YOU can play your part to, download  the Stop the closure of the cellar door petition to get friends, patrons, and family to sign

Or download the proposed Bill Alcohol Reform Bill 2362_8557_1

This petition should be consumer lead and therefore I ask you to sign it to show the government that they need to reconsider and amend the bill.

Please share as we need over 10,000 signatures


					
					

Stop the closure of New Zealand cellar doors

The NZ wine growers have lobbied hard to repeal the section of the Alcohol Reform Bill that is being chaired by Simon Power MP. This bill will severely reduce the number of cellar door operations as it will increase cost for licensing and will require a duty manager to be employed.
I propose that there should be an exemption for all cellar door facilities, as they offer local employment, drive high spending tourism to the regional provinces, which without would see a drop in visitor numbers, and it's this type of tourist that puts money in to the local economy.
This petition should be consumer lead and therefore I ask you to sign it to show the government that they need to reconsider and amend the bill.

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Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/mrberrymrberry Stephen Berry

    The last thing a free country needs is more bloody laws. Whether they be laws that control your money, your body or what you like to do in the bedroom, the Government should just piss off out of our business.

    That also applies to alcohol. I say that alcohol should be completely legal and deregulated for adults.
    If you vote in Tamaki and feel the same, vote for Stephen Berry, Independent.

  • Tribeless

    I love wineries, and spend a lot of time in them in Marlborough – they add peace and beauty to my life. And I can’t believe the wowsers on this thread who would have government thugs control every aspect of our lives. Best of luck with this petition. Good riddance to dictators like Simon Power-Lust.

  • Sharkomarko

    What is the cost?  Surely you are not going to close a cellar door just because a manager isn’t present?

    • Anonymous

      The cost is for a fire report, building report, liquor license, and the cost of a duty manager to complete course and also to pay them for working, then they have to pay for a manager to be present at all times during the cellar door opening hours.
      This process can cost quite a lot of money and the cost of someone with a duty managers license is expensive.

      • P K

        Surely the correct option is to train existing staff to get the required certification – and that training is a positive thing for staff as well. Given NZ’s poor attitudes to alcohol generally – having trained staff is a good step forward.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, but it does mean extra costs regardless of training to staff, it’s also about the regulations and cost of compliance and certification by the council and authorities.

          • Tribeless

            Sharkomarko, PK, Cynos and all Statists, in getting my corn flakes for
            breakfast tomorrow, I could spill the milk and slip on it: crikey, we better
            have licensed managers in every kitchen.

            You can
            either live with the state as your servant, you a free man (and me free from
            you), or, as now, live as a slave of the bureaucrats. No thanks, but
            people like you lot force us all under the thumb of Nanny State.

            Above is
            the principled answer, the only one that matters.

            But now
            another view, also, the dreadful pragmatic one that will probably come in on
            your Statist wave-length. I’ve been to lots of cellar doors, and even more
            winery restaurants, and the number of drunken teenagers of social(alist)
            democrats I’ve seen over twenty years is exactly nil. Wineries are civilised
            and civilising places. And really, I don’t think there’s ever going to be a
            problem with the teenagers born of the welfare state – born with the
            responsibility disconnect – getting drunk on bottles of wine that start at
            about $25 and then up. Do you?  Really – keep the bureaucracy out of
            wineries, and let’s turn wineries into the bastions of freedom our whole
            country should be, and allow responsible fun loving people to live like adults,
            not teenagers of social(alist) democrats that the laws of the rest of the
            country are being designed for.

        • Cynos

          very well put P K

  • P K

    Why shouldn’t Vineyards have a basic understanding of alcohol licensing procedures and a duty manager? IF you are producing and selling wine … surely that’s a minimum?

    • Anonymous

      Most wineries have an understanding of licensing, but this would place additional burdens on an already struggling industry, a cost too much for many.

  • Francine Parker

    It would be a huge mistake to pass this bill.  New Zealand is a known wine destination and the loss of cellar door sales would certainly diminish the the wine experience of visitors, not to mention the economic loss to boutique wineries.