Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand Set To Change Liquor Laws For Tournament In Japan
When is the right to drink beer while watching sport a matter of national significance?
When the All Blacks are less than a month away from a Rugby World Cup, and liquor licensing laws don’t allow New Zealand’s publicans to open during matches.
Rugby-mad Kiwis are awaiting next month’s tournament in Japan with a degree of anxiety, both for the All Blacks’ performance and new broadcast arrangements.
Local broadcasting rights have been bought by telecommunications company Spark, leading many to fear a poor viewing experience.
The government’s intervention, after much urging from fans and political opponents, should at least safeguard pubs.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the matter had come before Cabinet, with changes set to hit Parliament this week.
Ms Ardern said she “could confirm no wins at this stage” for the All Blacks but she had “good news” for fans.
Author: BEN MCKAY, AAP.