Waiheke Winegrowers Assosciation vice-president Barnett Bond says cellar doors weren’t considered in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, leaving a gap filled with confusing, everchanging interpretations. Photo Paul Mitchell

Waiheke wineries are eagerly awaiting the formation of a new government, as an amendment bill to clarify the rules around cellar door sales was paused mid-way through Parliament due to the election. Casita Miro owner and vice-president of the Waiheke Winegrowers Association Barnett Bond says the amendment benefits everyone and clears up confusing legislation around cellar doors. While it won’t have a perceptible impact on the public, he says it will be a big boost for Waiheke winemakers and come as a massive relief at time when they are still feeling pressure from a downturn in business during the pandemic. • Paul Mitchell

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