Discussing :: Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

Sweeping changes to the way alcohol is bought and consumed in New Zealand could be enshrined into legislation if recommendations by the Law Commission are taken up by the Government. Proposed changes included increasing the price of alcohol. Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer outlined some of the preferred policy options it would be releasing for the public to make submissions on, in a speech at a Nelson pub recently. One of the issues tagged ‘for later discussion’ was the substantial gap between the taxes the country received from alcohol purchases, $ 795 million, and the estimated social cost of harmful misuse of alcohol of $ 5.296 billion.... read full article

#1

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

i like home brews have tried to do some brews my self it was fun

#2

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

If they increase The price it will mean that people will just buy the cheap Beer made by foreign owned breweries. The independent breweries whill die out.

#3

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

I definitely support boutique and microbreweries not having to pay more tax. They're more interested in producing great brews for people that appreciate great tasting beer.

They're not have the marketing budget like the big beer brewers who promote drinking as some ultra cool activity for young people, or that drinking beer is an activity that all good blokes will go to any expense for - like Tui advertises.

Boutique breweries don't encourage drinking to excess, it's all about the brews. Where will it stop? I brew beer at home. I made real apple cider last year too. This year I've got a syrah & voignier wine mellowing at home. Will they start deciding to charge me more tax too if home brewing takes off in the economic downturn?

Target the big guys for taxes, it's their beer people are getting sloshed on, or cheap & nasty crap from overseas. Leave the little guys alone.

#4

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

Yes some of the home brews have been wonderful too taste,I love the liquiers very nice indeed!To all who enjoy that extra taste and differnce in their life give home brew a try!

#5

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

craft breweries are the ones that need the attention, they are so small in comparisson to such as the DB and Lion Nathan, both of which have more money to spare unlike quite a few of the craft breweries around, who are willing for the sake of tremendously good brews, sacrifice their profits to truly invest in higher quality products. something for which i am very grateful! the government needs to understand that craft breweries do seriously need a break, especially considering most (if not all) are independant companies that dont have the financial backup that other non-craft breweries do have.

#6

Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries

If they increase The price it will mean that people will just buy the cheap Beer made by foreign owned breweries. And Tasty Like shit The independent breweries will die out.

#7

One of the issues tagged ‘for later discussion’ was the substantial gap between the taxes the country received from alcohol purchases, $ 795 million, and the estimated social cost of harmful misuse of alcohol of $ 5.296 billion.

This statement is false. Estimated cost of 5.296 billion is made up and statisticians from every corner of New Zealand should weigh in. Sir Geoffrey Palmer should be audited immediately to see how much money he is receiving from the big two foreign owned brewers. He is a CROOK and should be sent back to the country from which he came, he does not represent the business owners of New Zealand and instead mimics American Politicians and does what his biggest donators tell him to do.

#8

I now see that he was born in Nelson but his education at the University of Chicago law school makes him a person who makes laws that he can profit from. Foreign companies making the equivalent to bud light in a country like New Zealand is like companies being given tax breaks for making wine from sugar, grape flavoring and tap water. This has to stop. He is a corporatist, he bows to corporations which give him money.

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