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From the late 19th to late 20th centuries, New Zealand had a series of complicated boondoggles designed principally to frustrate the strong Temperance movement (I believe they came close to winning prohibition in 1919, until the votes of the still-overseas soldiers were counted).
One aspect was that licensing districts could vote for a three-way illogical choice for local alcohol availability : licensing, prohibition or state monopoly.

My district was "dry" in the 1970s, but winegrowers were able to sell their production. And not too bothered about the age of their clients; I was buying pretty awful wines from the vineyards of Dalmatian immigrants from the age of sixteen.
And since we lived on the fringes of Auckland city, which was "wet", Dad could get crates of beer, bottles of gin etc from wholesalers in town (but my parents were mainly wine drinkers at the time, even though the NZ wines really only reached an acceptable quality starting in the 1980s).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 02:48:34 PM EST

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