The Rugby World Cup is taking place on the other side of the world and matches will be played when most New Zealanders would normally be in bed and pubs are closed.
When UK fans were faced with that scenario in 2011 the government brought in special legislation to allow pubs to open for fans.
“An internationally televised world cup featuring our own reigning champions should be an opportunity to bring communities together over coffee or beer and showcase our wonderful hospitality facilities,” said Mr Seymour.
“Shutting New Zealanders at home for this event seems like a mean-spirited affront to community freedoms.
“The Greens do themselves no favours by locking themselves in as the party opposed to fun. . .
I’ve no desire to go to a pub in the wee small hours and if I did go I wouldn’t be drinking anything stronger than water.
I’ve stayed up all night four times in the last 12 years. That was for weddings in Argentina and I drank only one glass of wine at each because I knew any more alcohol would put me to sleep.
But I can see why some people might want to gather in a pub to watch the games, especially if the All Blacks make it to the final.
Green MP Kevin Hague accused Seymour of using the issue as a publicity stunt.
But it is Hague who is grandstanding.
In being the party pooper he’s providing ammunition for those who accuse his party of being the fun police and all for nothing more than negative publicity because the government will probably pick up the Bill.
Too many people drink too much but that’s a problem which won’t be addressed by the party-pooping.