Auckland communities are being asked to come up with hard evidence to support a battle to keep 1200 liquor bans on beaches, neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.
Recent law changes mean that from October 31 alcohol bans can only be used where there is evidence of high levels of alcohol-related harm - before and since the bans were brought in.
Previously, councils could impose blanket bans on all parks if there had been problems in a few of them.
The change has caused 15 local boards to take stock of all bans in their areas.
So far, they believe they have sufficient evidence from Police files to warrant the retention of 240, mainly for town centres.
They have called on their communities to make submissions to Auckland Council by the deadline of July 17, on why they feel other bans should not lapse.
The council has reviewed all 17 bans on places of regional significance and decided that only five of them pass the test as likely to have a high level of crime and disorder, without overnight liquor bans.
The five are Auckland Domain, Auckland Zoo car park, Winstone Park in Mt Roskill and Mangere Mountain Domain area.
Popular visitor sites of Maungawhau-Mt Eden and Maungakiekie-One Tree Hill could lose their bans.
The new controller of Auckland's volcanic cones, the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Authority is to make a plea for the bans to continue.
Authority chairman Paul Majurey has written to the council bylaws committee which will hear submissions, saying that the 10pm - 8am bans are in keeping with the Maori spiritual values of the maunga (cones) and their wish to protect them.
The Orakei Local Board which reviewed 153 bans, has managed to come up with enough evidence to keep 10pm - 7am bans on 21 places, includign town centres and the Tamaki Dr beaches such as Mission Bay, St Heliers and Kohimarama.
However, the grassy reserves on the landward side of the road may not have bans.
"It's very hard to expect the community to get evidence when there is a current liquor ban in place that is doing the job," Orakei Local Board chairman Desley Simpson.
"One of the reasons these places are OK is because the bans are in place, so it's confusing for people to have to find evidence of concern.
"But there is a risk them becoming areas of concern if there is no ban bylaw which gives the Police the jurisdiction if there is trouble."
The bans had not affected people having a drink with their picnic, she said.
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has reviewed 33 bans and is keeping only three.
These apply overnight to the Belmont Town Centre, Devonport Central waterfront and the Takapuna CBD.
However, bans applying to Takapuna Beach, Milford Beach front and reserves around Lake Pupuke may lapse.
The Manurewa Local Board wants to keep the 24-hour ban on children's playgrounds.
Its plight has drawn support from Family First NZ national director Bob McCroskie.
"It should not be up to local residents to have to police and monitor unruly or drunken beahviour in order to prove that public parks should be alcohol-free."
He said alcohol bans in playgrounds and residential reserves prevented offensive behaviour associated with intoxication from being seen as normal.