One-day workshops

Administering the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

for District Licensing Committee Members and accompanying Secretaries

The aim of these one-day intensives is to support District Licensing Committees (DLCs) in administering the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. They are free and we encourage DLCs to attend.


The HPA is funding the intensives as part of its alcohol-specific functions which include giving advice and making recommendations on the sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol, its misuse, and resultant harms. DLCs exercise an important role in their communities. These intensives provide an opportunity to up-skill in a supportive environment and to share and learn with peers and colleagues.


Our communities deserve consistency and excellence in decisions made by their DLCs. The integrity of the system also requires this. These one one-day intensives will highlight important aspects of the DLC's roles and functions including:

  • Key provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

  • Roles and responsibilities

  • Hearing management

  • Decisions

  • A practical session including how to manage difficult hearing situations.

Course Facilitators

Heather McKenzie

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Heather McKenzie specialises in regulatory prosecution and advisory services. She has been a practising litigator at various tribunal and court levels for over ten years. Heather appears before the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and provides advice on matters under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. In addition, Heather:

  • has presented at a range of regulatory seminars and webinars. These include for the NZILLI, the HPA, and the New Zealand Law Society.

  • is the sole author of two legal textbooks published by Lexis Nexis (Proceeds of Crime Law in New Zealand (2014) and The Health and Safety at Work Act: A Practical Guide (2015 and 2018 2nd Ed)).

  • has worked in a large national law firm and this involved advisory work – but to private corporates or individuals rather than to the Crown.

Karyn South


Karyn South is a regulatory and criminal prosecutor and frequently conducts complex trials in the District and High Courts. She has provided training to organisations on the Search and Surveillance Act, the Criminal Procedure Act, and the Criminal Disclosure Act.  She has been a panel contributor on the topic of cross-examination at the Crown Solicitors Conference.


Karyn is familiar with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and has had extensive hands-on experience as a manager of large-scale events.  Karyn operated a successful events management company for 7 years prior to the Christchurch earthquake and was overall promoter of twelve large scale (5,000-10,000-person capacity) licensed events.

Course Content

9.30 – 10.00 am       Arrival Tea and Coffee

9.50 – Seating followed by introduction, welcome

10.00 – 11.00 am      Topic 1: The Act

Presenter: Raymond Donnelly & Co

-      A summary highlighting key provisions of the Act

-      The object of the Act and its role in decisions

-      “Alcohol related harm” – what does it mean?

-      Powers of the Act relating to information and witnesses


11.00 – 11.30 am       Morning Tea

11.30 – 12.30 pm      Topic 2: Roles and Responsibilities

Presenter: Raymond Donnelly & Co

Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of interested parties

-      The DLC Secretary

-      DLC Members

-      DLC Commissioners

-      DLC Chairs

-      The Registrar

-      The applicant and their lawyer (if any)

-      The tri-agencies and their lawyers (if any)

-      Objectors (if any)

-      Interested parties (if any)

-      Media

12.30 – 1.15 pm        Lunch

1.15 – 2.00 pm          Topic 3: Adjudication Skills and Running Hearing

Presenter: Raymond Donnelly & Co

-      Managing conflicts

-      Pre-hearing matters including disclosure

-      Timetabling directions

-      What is a minute?

-      Managing confidential/ commercially sensitive information

-      Managing vulnerable/ unrepresented parties – what steps can be taken

-      Guidance for unfamiliar parties

-      Site visits – in what circumstances? When? Who should attend?

-      Adjournments

-      The hearing – seating, accessibility, inquisitorial versus adversarial


2.00 – 2.30 pm         Topic 4: Decisions

Presenter: Raymond Donnelly & Co

-      What is a decision? What types of decisions are there?

-      What format and language can be used

-      Overriding principles – the Object, put your harm hat on

-      Incorporating case law

-      Incorporating submissions and evidence – making findings on the evidence: weight,                 credibility vs reliability

-      Conditions

-      Appeal-proofing

-      Timeframe

-      Mode of release

-      Non-publication orders (e.g. of commercially or otherwise sensitive information)


2.30 – 3.00 pm        Afternoon Tea

3.00 – 4.15 pm        Topic 5: Practical Session

-      Opening and closing hearings

-      Reigning in a problematic witness

-      Dealing with an upset witness

-      Putting propositions to the lawyer/ witnesses

4.15 – 4.30 pm        Workshop Wrap

Wrap up and Review

To book this event please click HERE.

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