Speaking to the Hospitality New Zealand conference in Wellington this afternoon, Mr Brown said he wanted communities and the industry to be able to engage in local solutions to alcohol-related issues.
"We need a speedy passage of the Alcohol Reform Bill so we can get on with the job of giving local communities more say over the number, location and opening hours of liquor outlets and the policies that regulate alcohol in their areas.
"The most important provision in the bill is the requirement for territorial authorities to establish Local Alcohol Plans so this can happen."
He said the Auckland Council had already started work on how these would roll out.
"The community has told us loud and clear that they want more say over the location and opening hours of liquor outlets.