We won the World Cup, but New Zealand society has fallen apart. No, wait…

The Greens opposed the law change allowing bars to open for extended hours for the World Cup.

They claimed that drunks would be parading past schools in the morning.

How did that work out?

Allowing bars to open during Rugby World Cup games didn’t turn the country into the drunken shambles that had been predicted, say the backers of the law change that made it possible.

Police communication centres today said the local aftermath of the All Blacks win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup final in London was quiet.

A law change was made two months ago to allow bars to open early during the tournament, rather than having to apply for special licences. Under the changes, hoteliers had to give police seven days’ notice they would be open.

The change was enabled by a bill from ACT’s sole MP David Seymour, who watched the final at a bar in Auckland’s Mt Eden.

He was happy there had been no major problems and it showed New Zealanders were actually responsible people.  

“The picture that was painted when the bill was debated was that New Zealanders are infantile and if there’s not a law made to prevent it happening there would just be drunk people pouring out into the street and harassing children,” he said.

However, there had actually been a very positive spirit with many generations watching games together, he told NZ Newswire.

The final’s 5am kick-off may have played a part, with people getting up for the game rather than staying out all night beforehand. The All Black victory may also have helped people’s spirits.

Mr Seymour said that would need to be compared with what happened in Australia, where the game would have been played at least two hours earlier in the morning.

Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson says it played out exactly has they had anticipated.

“If police hadn’t been so difficult over the applications for special licences under the existing act it wouldn’t have been necessary,” he told NZ Newswire.

So, the Police tried to be the killjoys after the Greens failed.

The Greens simply can’t be trusted to do anything without resorting to bans.


– 3News


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