• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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District Information – Licenses

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Alcohol licensing

In New Zealand, the sale and supply of alcohol is regulated under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This act sets out the requirements for obtaining an alcohol licence, and the conditions that must be met by licensed premises.

There are different types of alcohol licences available, depending on the type of business and the activities that are being carried out. These include on-licences (for premises that sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, such as bars and restaurants), off-licences (for premises that sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, such as bottle stores), and special licences (for events or temporary premises).

To obtain an alcohol licence, the applicant must demonstrate that they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence, and that their premises meet the required standards for safety, hygiene, and public health. The applicant must also provide a host responsibility plan, which outlines how they will manage the sale and supply of alcohol in a responsible and safe manner.

Once granted, alcohol licences are subject to ongoing monitoring and compliance checks by the licensing authority (usually the local council), to ensure that the licence conditions are being met and that the safety of the public is being maintained.

It’s important to note that the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act also includes restrictions on the sale and supply of alcohol, particularly in relation to minors and intoxicated persons. Licensed premises are required to comply with these restrictions, and failure to do so can result in penalties and the revocation of the licence.

If you’re considering applying for an alcohol licence, or you’re already operating a licensed premises, it’s important to understand the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, and to work closely with your local council to ensure compliance and public safety.

Food Safety licensing

In New Zealand, food businesses must comply with the Food Act 2014, which sets out the requirements for the production, sale, and handling of food. The aim of the act is to ensure that food is safe and suitable for human consumption, and to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Under the Food Act 2014, all food businesses must be registered with their local council and have a Food Control Plan or a National Programme in place. The type of plan or programme required depends on the level of risk associated with the business’s activities and the types of food that are being produced or sold.

A Food Control Plan is a written document that outlines the steps a food business will take to ensure that its food is safe and suitable for human consumption. The plan must be approved by the local council, and the business must adhere to the plan’s requirements. Businesses that have a higher level of risk, such as those that handle or process high-risk food, must have a Food Control Plan in place.

A National Programme is a set of requirements that apply to certain types of lower-risk food businesses. The programme is designed to be less prescriptive than a Food Control Plan, but businesses must still meet the programme’s requirements and be registered with their local council.

As part of the registration process, the local council will carry out inspections of the food business to ensure that it is complying with the Food Act 2014 and its associated regulations. The council may also carry out ongoing monitoring and compliance checks to ensure that the business continues to meet its obligations under the act.

It’s important to note that failure to comply with the Food Act 2014 can result in penalties, including fines and legal action. Food businesses are also liable for any harm caused by the food they produce or sell, including foodborne illness.

If you’re operating a food business in New Zealand, it’s important to understand your obligations under the Food Act 2014, and to work closely with your local council to ensure compliance and public safety.

Registered Premises

In New Zealand, certain types of businesses are required to be registered with their local council as “registered premises”. This includes premises that provide accommodation to the public, such as hotels, motels, and backpackers, as well as premises that provide hairdressing, beauty therapy, tattooing, or body piercing services.

The purpose of registration is to ensure that these businesses meet certain health and safety standards, and to reduce the risk of harm to the public.

Accommodation premises are required to meet a range of standards, including standards for fire safety, food safety (if they provide food), and hygiene. They must also have a documented health and safety management plan in place, which outlines how they will manage risks to the health and safety of their guests.

Premises that provide hairdressing, beauty therapy, tattooing, or body piercing services are also subject to specific health and safety standards. For example, they must ensure that all equipment is properly sterilised and that hygiene standards are maintained. These businesses must also have a documented infection control plan in place.

In addition to meeting these standards, registered premises are subject to ongoing monitoring and compliance checks by the local council. This includes regular inspections to ensure that the premises continue to meet the required standards, and that any issues are addressed in a timely manner.

It’s important to note that failure to comply with the requirements for registered premises can result in penalties, including fines and legal action. Premises that are found to be operating without registration can also face penalties.

If you’re operating a registered premises in New Zealand, it’s important to understand your obligations under the relevant regulations, and to work closely with your local council to ensure compliance and public safety.

Street and road permits

In New Zealand, street and road permits are required for a range of activities that take place on or near public roads, including construction work, events, filming, and utility works.

Permits are issued by local councils, and the process for obtaining a permit can vary depending on the type of activity and the location. In general, however, permits are issued to ensure that any activity that takes place on or near public roads does not pose a risk to public safety, and that any disruptions are minimised.

Construction work on public roads, for example, may require a permit to ensure that traffic flow is not disrupted, and that the safety of workers and the public is maintained. Similarly, events that take place on public roads or footpaths may require a permit to ensure that the event is safe, and that any disruptions are kept to a minimum.

The process for obtaining a permit typically involves submitting an application to the local council, along with relevant documentation such as plans, risk assessments, and insurance certificates. The council will then assess the application and may require additional information or modifications to be made before issuing the permit.

In addition to ensuring that any activity on public roads is safe and minimises disruption, permits may also include conditions relating to the use of public space, noise levels, and hours of operation. It is important for permit holders to comply with these conditions, as failure to do so can result in penalties, including fines and legal action.

If you’re planning an activity that takes place on or near public roads, it’s important to check with your local council to determine whether a permit is required. The council can provide guidance on the application process and any requirements that must be met.

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