Invercargill Licensing Trust

The Invercargill Licensing Trust, (ILT), is a licensing trust in the city of Invercargill in New Zealand. It has a monopoly on the development of premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages, and associated accommodation in the city; and uses the profits from these to fund school, sports and cultural groups, and welfare bodies.[1][2][3]


The concept of licensing trusts in New Zealand was first introduced by the Invercargill Licensing Trust Act 1944, and was developed by the recommendations of the Report of the Royal Commission on Licensing 1946.


This is the current ILT board. The most recent election was in 2021.[4][5][6]

Members Term
Sean Bellew 2010–present
Alan Dennis (President) 2001–present
Louise Evans 2021–present
Angela Newell (Deputy President) 2010–present
Paddy O'Brien 2016–present
Suzanne Prentice 2004–2010

Donations and grantsEdit

In 2015 the ILT provided donations and grants totalling around $4 million to a wide range of organisations.[1] A further $4 million in donations and grants was made by the ILT Foundation, which owns and operates all the gaming machines in ILT establishments.[1][7]

Books on the ILTEdit

  • History of the Invercargill Licensing Trust (Invercargill, 1955)
  • Clive Lind, Pubs, Pints and People: 50 Years of the Invercargill Licensing Trust, 1994 Invercargill


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report: 2015, ILT
  2. ^ "Licensed for success"
  3. ^ "Trust worthy"
  4. ^ Oldfield, Georgina (12 October 2019). "Invercargill Licensing Trust board members stays the same".
  5. ^ "Alan Dennis re-appointed as Invercargill Licensing Trust president". 24 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Louise Evans your new ILT Board member, progress results reveal". Invercargill City Council. 27 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Where the money slots in", 15/08/2013, Nicola Fallow, The Southland Times

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