26 Aug 2008

South Taranaki country pubs closing

6:14 am on 26 August 2008

Eight country pubs in South Taranaki are for sale.

Some have already called for last orders and shut their doors. Three are being marketed as potential backpackers or large family homes.

More closures are foreseen, as small farms continue to merge, leaving less people on the land and fewer customers. The crackdown on drink-driving and the ban on smoking also affect patronage.

What are the consequences for the social fabric of the area?