Responsible Service of Alcohol

The management and staff of the Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated (ATR) and Ellerslie Events believe that we have a responsibility to provide an environment that is not only comfortable and welcoming but is also where alcohol is served responsibly. With this in mind the following Host Responsibility policy has been implemented.


Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated (ATR) recognises that it is against the law to serve anyone to intoxication. ATR recognises that it is against the law to serve anyone under the age of 18. ATR recognises that it is against the law to allow disruptive or violent behaviour to occur on the premise.

Alcohol Consumption

Persons who are intoxicated will be refused admission to our premises. We will display and refer to intoxication signs in order to support our responsible attitude and meet the requirements of this legislation. Any patron in this establishment will be denied service if they are considered intoxicated. ATR does not seek to encourage rapid or excessive consumption through pricing or packages. Low alcoholic beers and no-alcoholic beverages are stocked, promoted and offered as an alternative to patrons who are judged as becoming intoxicated. If such patrons continue to order alcoholic beverages the staff member will contact a supervisor and alert them to the patron’s current or impending state of intoxication and refuse service on their own judgement. If a patron is asked to leave the premises due to intoxication, they will be encouraged to take advantage of safe transport options. We will make sure all these services are well promoted and will display signage required under the Sale of Liquor act. ATR will ensure there is a good range of food available and offer substantial meals as well as snack foods.

Under age drinking

ATR recognises three forms of identification: 1. Current New Zealand Drivers’ Licence. 2. HANZ 18+ card. 3. Current passport. If a staff member believes that a person who is ordering or being supplied alcohol is under 18 years of age they will request proof or age. If a person is less than 18 years of age or refuse to produce identification, staff will refuse service and advise a supervisor of the patron(s).

Disruptive or violent behaviour

If a staff member becomes aware that a person’s behaviour is becoming disruptive or violent the staff member will notify security who will discuss it with the person. If the behaviour is not rectified the person will be asked to leave the premises and encouraged to take advantage of safe transport options.

Drinking and driving

Staff members will be pro-active in seeking to discourage drinking and driving. ATR offers a number of services designated to alleviate the need for drink driving. These services include Taxis, Dial-a-Driver, provision for overnight parking facilities and promotion of designated sober drivers.

Training and promotions

All staff have been informed about this policy on Responsible Service of Alcohol and adequately trained to support this policy. ATR seeks to publicise and promote its position on Responsible Serving Practices and will not have promotions that encourage intoxication or excessive consumption of alcohol.

​Host responsibility makes sure that everyone has good time and most importantly leaves in a safe shape for the trip home. It could save our licence and save your life.

We pride ourselves on being responsible hosts.


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