Key in favour of RWC pub law change

  • 12/08/2015
Key in favour of RWC pub law change

ACT Party leader David Seymour has urged Parliament to back a law change that would allow pubs in New Zealand to serve alcohol during the Rugby World Cup games next month.

Enter the Greens, who've been labelled party poopers for failing to support a rule change.

Under current law, pubs must close between 4am and 8am, which means that pubs are shut for 25 out of 48 World Cup games, including four All Black pool games, and the final match.

Prime Minister John Key this morning told Paul Henry that he is in favour of the law change, but he does clarify the "law does allow a publican to go in and say 'I'd like to apply for an extra licence for a specific event,' and that happened for the football World Cup."

He says the problem will be that "there will be so many bars that will want to do this that it's putting a lot of cost, regulations and time through for these publicans when I think actually, in principle, we can work out the bulk of them  will want to offer some opening hours."

Watch the video for the full interview with John Key.