COVID-19 protocol of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority at 11 February 2022

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (Authority) | Te Mana Waeture Take Waipiro has put the following additional safety measures in place to reduce the risk of hearing participants being exposed to COVID-19. These measures will apply to all hearings while the COVID-19 Protection Framework (or “traffic light system”) is in place.

When do these safety measures start?
These measures apply in respect of hearings on and after 14 February 2022. 

Who can attend a hearing in person?
To attend an Authority hearing in person at levels Red, Orange, or Green of the traffic light system, all parties, support people, witnesses, interpreters and any other person entering an Authority hearing room (apart from persons under the age of 12 years and 3 months) will need to have a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (My Vaccine Pass) which they will need to email to the case manager when a hearing is requested following settlement discussions.

A person wishing to attend an Authority hearing who has not complied with paragraph 2 will be able to attend the hearing remotely by video-link over the internet (using Virtual Meeting Room, Microsoft Teams or similar) or telephone but will not be permitted to attend the hearing in person.

What other safety measures are in place?
4. Everyone who attends the Authority in person must comply with the following health and safety requirements (and any other requirements advised by staff at the Court or hearing facility): 

• Show a copy of their Vaccine Pass and photo identification (such as a driver’s licence or passport) if required to do so at the entrance to the Courthouse or other building and/or Court or Hearing Room; or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 TEST administered within 48 hours of attendance; or provide evidence of a negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours of attendance;
• Scan the QR Code at the entrance to the building, or record details in the register provided at the door;
• Have a temperature check if required by security staff at the building entrance;
• Wear a facemask in the building and in the hearing room, unless an exemption applies, or unless the Judge approves its removal in the hearing;
• Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from others (unless they are a person attending with you).

5. Any concerns about health and safety practices in the Court should be raised with the Site Manager in the first instance. In the event of community transmission in your area, public health advice will be taken and further measures may be put in place.

Other aspects of the Authority’s processes
6. While the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 is in force, the Authority will, as far as is reasonably practicable, operate in its usual manner.

7. There may, in some cases, need to be changes to the way the Authority operates, including by conducting hearings entirely by video-link or telephone or by requiring that documents be emailed rather than posted or delivered.

8. Parties are urged to file applications and associated documents electronically at

9. Under the RED Traffic Light level, the Tribunals Public Counter is closed.  A drop box will be provided for the filing of applications and associated documents.

10. Parties affected by any change to the Authority’s usual operating procedures will be advised of those changes and provided with information to ensure that they understand how their matter will be handled by the Authority.

11. This Protocol applies until revoked or modified by the Authority.

12. The Authority’s Protocol dated 26 January 2022 is revoked.

District Court Judge P Connell

Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority (ARLA), Te Mana Waeture Take Waipiro  

The Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority, also known as ARLA, is an independent Tribunal established by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

The Authority considers and determines applications made by Licensing Inspectors and the Police for the variation, suspension, or cancellation of liquor licences and manager’s certificates.

The Authority considers and determines:

  • appeals against decisions made by district licensing committees; and
  • appeals against elements of provisional local alcohol polices developed by local councils.

Notice of appeal against a decision of a district licensing committee [PDF, 291 KB]

Notice of appeal against a decision of a provisional local alcohol policy [PDF, 261 KB]

If ARLA agrees, District Licensing Committees may also refer to ARLA applications for licences and manager’s certificates (or their renewal) for consideration and determination.

For more information, see:

Sale and supply of alcohol

Register of licences & certificates


Please note that If you are wishing to apply for a licence to sell or supply alcohol, or for a manager’s certificate, you will need to apply to your territorial authority [local council] first.

List of local councils(external link)

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