high court ruling

Two New World supermarkets in Christchurch will be prevented from displaying alcohol at the end of aisles, after the High Court had ruled that their placement was contrary to the law. Supermarket and grocery stores must, in fact, restrict the display to a single area, in line with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

The court ruling, which sets an important legal precedent, overturned a decision made by the licensing authority and later appealed by Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey,

“Alcohol does cause harm, and the Act is there not to ban it, but to help minimise the harm it causes. The more people are exposed to alcohol, the more they buy, the more they consume and the greater the harm” Humphrey said.

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority should now reconsider its previous decision.