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Council considers alcohol-free area

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May 31, 2002


Council considers alcohol-free area

As part of its law and order push for the central city, the Auckland City Council wants to curb unruly behaviour caused by people drinking alcohol in public places.

The council wants to hear people’s views on a proposal to prohibit the consumption of alcohol and the bringing in and possession of alcohol on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (from 7pm to 7am).

The proposal would ban consumption and possession of alcohol in public places in the central business district bounded by Karangahape Road (up to Howe Street), Pitt Street, Hobson Street, Quay Street, Nelson Street, Sturdee Street, Kitchener Street, Fort Street and Mayoral Drive.

If adopted the proposal will not affect licensed premises (including those with pavement seating) or off-licences – as long as alcohol bought at an off-licence is quickly removed from the area. It will not affect people who live in the area taking alcohol into private homes.

The chairperson of the council’s Law and Order Committee, Councillor Noelene Raffills, says the proposal will make the inner city a safer place, and hopefully attract people back to the area.

Councillor Raffills says, “We certainly don’t want to deny people’s rights - all we’re trying to do is make Auckland city a more welcoming place for law-abiding citizens.”

She says the measure will be another tool for the police who will be responsible for monitoring the alcohol-free area. The police would use their discretion to make sure that the restrictions make the inner city a safer, and more enjoyable, place.

Superintendent Howard Broad, district commander of Auckland City Police has welcomed the decision of the Council.

“This is further evidence of the partnership that has developed under “Safer Auckland City” is working” he said. “We have collaborated on boy racers in Quay Street, we are steadily progressing a strategy on alcohol use in the CBD and we are planning extensions to CCTV coverage for risk areas about the central city. We have every confidence this partnership will improve the safety of residents and visitors to the city”.

The period for submissions closes on July 3.


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