Stuff has an article quoting dozens of groups saying terrible things will happen if bars can automatically open for RWC games.
To me this shows exactly why the law change is needed. Any bar that tried to get a special licence to open would have these same groups flood the licensing authority with objections. The cost of getting a licence, and ridiculous conditions imposed would mean few would actually be able to open.
The most hysterical submission was:
National Community Action on Youth and Drugs workers are concerned the RWC will become a “marathon drinking challenge” with “24 hour drinking” dares like the “ice bucket challenge” laid down on social media, and fighting in the streets.
Or rugby fans will just head down to the bar at 5.30 am to watch the All Blacks over a couple of beers.