Identify your Government Ministers

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) sits within, and is enforced by, the Ministry of Justice. As such, if you are seeking amendments to this Act then the Ministry of Justice is a key starting point.

Hon Andrew Little is the Minister of Justice. This Ministry has a vision of a safe New Zealand by leading and coordinating the justice sector to work together in reducing crime and re-offending. In addition to playing a vital role in minimising alcohol-related harm through having responsibility for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) , the Ministry also oversees the:

  • The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority;
  • Ensures the Act is consistently and fairly applied by the District Licensing Committees; 
  • Considers and determines appeals against decisions made by DLCs;
  • Considers and determines appeals against elements of the Provisional Local Alcohol Policies;
  • New Zealand Police: the Police enforce the Act as well as develop and implement strategies for reducing alcohol-related harm.

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE 

Hon Dr David Clark is the Minister of Health. The Associate Ministers of Health are Hon Jenny Salesa and Hon Julie Anne Genter.

In 2015, the National Drug Policy for 2015-2020 was launched and in 2016, this was followed by the first action plan on FASD - Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 2016-2019

In brief, the Minister of Health is the governing body of the health system. It oversees the public health and disability services through its allocation of funding to District Health Boards. The Minister of Health also contracts public health/prevention, such as health promotion services.

Between 2013 and 2014, the Minister of Health provided a one-off grant to District Health Boards to increase capacity to deliver alcohol brief interventions among primary care services and community-based providers. On July 1 2017, they required that all DHBEmergency Departments determine whether each presentation was related to alcohol use.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Hon Grant Robertson is the Minister of Finance. He is responsible for managing the ledger of the New Zealand Government which includes budgeting and allocating funding to different government sectors.

Each year in May, the Treasury (under the Finance Minister) prepares a budget statement for the forthcoming financial year. The Treasury calls for pre-budget submissions at the end of each year. Any members of the public can give feedback on the budget for the forthcoming year. For example, the public can suggest for an excise tax increase on alcohol beverages by amending the Customs and Excise Act 1996.

The Treasury also plays a key role in providing policy advice. This includes giving guidance to government sectors on how to prepare a regulatory impact statement for any new policy proposal. This includes a cost and benefit analysis of the proposed policy to the society.

THE TREASURY

Hon Phil Twyford  is the Minister of Transport. Key functions of the Minister of Transport include improving performance of the transport system and administering several pieces of legislation that relate to land, air and sea transport (e.g. Land Transport Act 1998)

In August 2011, the Land Transport (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 was implemented. This amendment lowered the youth (under 20 years) drink drive limit (from a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.03 (30 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or 150 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath) to a BAC of zero.

On the 1st of December 2014, the Land Transport Amendment Act (no 2) 2014 lowered the alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over, from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.08) to 50mg (0.05), and from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg.

On July 1, 2018, alcohol interlock devices became mandatory in sentencing for serious driving offences involving alcohol.

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT 

Hon Damien O’Conner is the Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food safety & Rural Communities.

He is one of four Ministers within the Ministry for Primary Industries.

This Ministry oversees the Australia New Zealand Food Standard Codes. These codes detail the requirements for the labelling of alcoholic beverages.

MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

Hon Tracey Martin is the Minister for Children. Oranga Tamariki (The Ministry of Children) provides support to any children who are at significant risk of harm. They also work with young offenders, reoffenders and those who are likely to offend.

Many children and young people who attend the services provided by the Ministry may present with symptoms of FASD. The Ministry can refer them to FASD assessment such that they and their family or guardians can receive adequate support and training. The Ministry also provides training to service providers and caregivers (e.g. social workers, teachers, etc.) who may work with persons affected by FASD.

ORANGA TAMARIKI

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The Broadcasting & Film branch of the Ministry provides support to government-funded broadcasters and broadcasting agencies, assesses organisational performance, and appoints members on the independent crown entity – Broadcasting Standards Authority

In relation to alcohol, the BSA oversees complaints in relation to programmes broadcasted in New Zealand. See the advertising and sponsorship section for more information.

MINISTRY OF CULTURE & HERITAGE (BROADCASTING & FILM)

OTHER KEY PERSONS

There are many Ministers in Parliament who have dedicated responsibility for alcohol issues. 

Individual Members of Parliament may also wish to make a stand on the issue.

Visit https://www.parliament.nz/en/mps-and-electorates/members-of-parliament/ to find your local MP.

You can write to your MP to raise your concerns.

You could also write to your local government Councillors and community board members.