SALE OF LIQUOR
REP. CRICKET GAMES DIFFICULTIES SEEN P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, Friday. A proposal that permanent licenses should be granted for the sale of liquor on grounds at Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin during major cricket matches in which play lasted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. was made by Mr. D. E. Wanklyn, chairman of the management committee of the New Zealand Cricket Council, before the Royal Commission on licensing today.
Mr. Wanklyn said the suggestion was that licenses for the various grounds should be vested in and controlled by the authorities in charge of the grounds or be attached to grounds, and that profits derived should be devoted to. the maintenance and improvement of grounds. He said grounds were much more expensive to maintain for cricket than for football.
Section 82 of the Licensing Act, 1908, made provision for a person holding a publican's license to sell iiquor on cricket grounds, said Mr. Wanklyn, but so far as he knew that authority had not been availed of by any body controlling a cricket ground, the objections appearing to be the impermanence of the authority, the uncertainty arising when dealing with different individuals from time to time, and the absence of control by authorities controlling the grounds.
"The suggestion would bring New Zealand into line with England and Australia, and, it is believed. South Africa," said Mr. Wanklyn.
"In New Zealand it is the custom in major matches to make a certain amount of bottled beer available in the dressing rooms for those players who want it," said Mr. Wanklyn. "As far as players are concerned, in my experience this has never been abused, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to keep friends of the players out of those rooms. It is from these friends that has come whatever trouble there has been in the past. If liquor were available to players when they required it in a suitable part of the pavilion, and if it was controlled by the authority running the game, this nuisance, such as it is, would disappear."
Mr. R. Hardie Boys, for the New Zealand Alliance: D 6 you suggest there is any public agitation? Auckland Interested Witness: The suggestion came spontaneously from two major associations, Auckland and Canterbury.
Under cross-examination, Mr. Wanklyn said that in Wellington a hotel was across the road from the cricket ground, and Christchurch spectators had to walk 200 yards to a hotel.
Mr. Boys: So this is a question of money as far as the Cricket Council is mainly concerned? Witness: Not entirely. To the Rev. J. T. Macky, a member of the commission, Mr. Wanklyn said that the proposal was that the facility should be available, not right through the cricket season, but only for major games which lasted until 6 p.m. each day. / Mr. Macky: Is it that you want associations to make money instead of licensees? Mr. Wanklyn: To be fair, there is something in that. "Would this improve the gate?" asked Mr. G. W. Hutchison, another member. "Would liquor on the cricket grounds make for fewer runs?" also asked Mr. Hutchison. 5 Mr. Wanklyn gave his opinion that cricket players were usually abstemious, but that after batting or fielding they liked a drink which was not sweet.
The chairman raised the question whether the principle of social amenities would not also apply to football,- tennis, basketball and hockey. On the question of time, tennis would have to be included. He finally. remarked that there were difficulties in the suggestion.
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SALE OF LIQUOR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
SALE OF LIQUOR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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