Those looking forward to carrying a full chilly-bin to the Boxing Day races will have to think again.
This year, for the first time, punters at Ellerslie Racecourse will not be allowed to take their own alcohol to the course, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Auckland Racing Club chief executive Chris Weaver told the NZ Herald the crackdown was a result of booze-fuelled incidents in Auckland and was in line with other events' policies.
"It would have been one of the last major public events that you could bring alcohol to," he said.
"You'd have to be living on another planet not to know that alcohol has been an issue in Auckland over the past year."
Weaver said the fully licensed event would still be a great day out with with themed bars being set up.
People will still be able to bring their own picnic equipment and barbecue.
Professor Doug Sellman, from the National Addiction Centre, said it was an excellent move.
"It's decreasing the amount people will drink and the less people will drink, the less aggression you'll get," he said.
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