Supermarket chains have been shot down in the latest twist of a long-running court battle over Auckland’s liquor sales policies, NZ Herald reports. Auckland Council faced off against Foodstuffs, and Countdown owners Woolworths NZ, appealing an earlier High Court judicial review decision. The council proposed 9pm closings for off-licence liquor sales, instead of the current 11pm, identifying areas of concern where there are higher levels of alcohol-related harm. While supermarket chains objected to the policy, it’s not immediately clear if they will take their case to the Supreme Court.

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