Last orders for 6 o’clock swill


ON a night of Oct 9, 1967, according to a subsequent day’s Gisborne Herald, “the categorical travel was noticeably some-more assigned by parked cars in areas routinely left dull after a hitherto sorcery half hour between 6 and 6.30pm�.

What was going on? What was “the hitherto sorcery half hour�?

Older New Zealanders will recognize a references to a barbarous “6 o’clock swill� during that Kiwi group drank as many wine as they could in “booze barns� between knock-off time during 5pm and shutting time during 6pm.

On Oct 9, 1967, for a initial time given “temporary fight measures’’ were introduced in 1917, New Zealanders could legally buy an alcoholic splash in a bar after 6pm.

There had been teenager exceptions introduced as recently as 1960 and 1961 in that a singular series of protected restaurants were permitted.

However, one some-more jump was faced by group and women who wanted to take advantage of a some-more magnanimous and cordial wine laws that came into effect.

Members of a Hotel Workers Union refused to work after 7pm. They wanted an additional 30c (taxable) a night to make adult for losing a damaged change non-taxable stipend of $1.01 a week.

All 69 Gisborne kinship members voted not to work over 7pm. To mystify a issue, kinship members had voted in opposite ways around a country.

There were some-more trade officers on avocation and military feet patrols for a initial night of 10 o’clock closing.

But The Gisborne Herald reported, a night’s events upheld off “without a good understanding of incident’’.

Nothing to celebrate

The Herald’s front page said, in anxiety to a singular “lifestyle� on a West Coast, that “when a rest of New Zealand enjoys magnanimous celebration hours, a Coast will have zero to celebrate.’’

“In many cases there was an atmosphere of conviviality.

“In a few cases there was displeasure with a early shutting enforced by miss of staff. But a ubiquitous design is one that should give some-more certainty to all those who likely apocalyptic consequences from a larger liberality.

“Reports generally seem to prove that a womenfolk took a event to representation a new conditions.’’

The Herald wondered during a time if women were “a moderating influence�.

The finish of a 6 o’clock tipple would “soon settle down to a some-more loose and gentle conditions that we all want�.

The new licensng laws usually came into outcome after a referendum,which gave 64 percent support for a some-more magnanimous approach.

The final central total showed 641,105 New Zealanders voted for extended hours while 353, 662 voted for a standing quo.

The debate for change was increased by a aphorism “‘vote now, splash later�.

All 80 electorates voted in foster of extended chartering hours in a referendum hold on Sep 23.

Gisborne voted 7175 votes to 4737. The Church of Christ in Roebuck Road was a usually internal counter to sire a inhabitant trend — numbers were in foster of maintaining 6 o’clock shutting 321 votes to 285.

In another referendum hold on a same day, New Zealanders chose to keep a three-year parliamentary tenure rather than adopting a four-year term.

The referenda were hold on a same day that Hawke’s Bay came from behind to keep rugby’s sacred Ranfurly Shield 9-8 opposite Otago.

A compare featuring All Blacks like Kel Tremain, Ian MacRae, Bill Davis, Chris Laidlaw and Earle Kirton, and a winning home group should have supposing a good day for a protected premises of Hawke’s Bay, though underneath 1967 wine laws, bars had to tighten during midday since of a referenda.