Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Mayors’ unite for teen safety

From: 21 May 2007
Christchurch City Council media release

Mayors’ unite for teen safety

New Zealand mayors are taking a stand to address problems facing young people in the wake of the Edgeware Road tragedy in Christchurch and others throughout the country this month.

Around 20 members of the Mayors Taskforce met in Christchurch today to identify the problems and come up with solutions to make their communities safer.

Mayors’ Taskforce chairman Paul Matheson says he and Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore decided to get the country’s mayors together at the first opportunity following recent tragedies involving young people.

“Local authorities can make a difference on the issues we discussed today. Central Government does stand up and take notice when 99 per cent of the country’s mayors say they want action,” Mr Matheson says.

“All of us were unanimous in our desire that today we wanted to come up with ideas that would make a difference and move us forward.”

The mayors have called for:

* Government to conduct an urgent review of New Zealand’s liquor laws including 24-hour opening and advertising. At yesterday’s meeting there was widespread criticism of New Zealand’s drinking culture

* An alcohol ban in unlicensed public places 24 hours a day, seven days a week

* The need for society to balance the rights and responsibilities for parents and also young people

* Mayors to empower and affirm positive parenting, rights and responsibilities

* A comprehensive review of licensing/purchase and financing terms for high-performance cars for drivers aged under 20 years.

* Local Government /mayors to take a civic leadership role to explore/initiate opportunities to enhance youth development into adulthood.

Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore says in New Zealand at present there is an emphasis on everyone’s rights, but not so much about responsibilities.

“ Police are working with us to address these issues which range from young people getting access to too powerful cars at too young an age to our booze culture. As mayors we are standing tall and saying that the current climate of emphasis on rights needs to be balanced properly with an emphasis on responsibility,” Mr Moore says.

“In all of our communities we need to put respect back into the village mix. It might sound old-fashioned, but who said everything old fashioned was wrong.”

Former head of Christchurch Women’s Prison Celia Lashlie and former All Black Norm Hewitt attended today’s meeting. Both will speak at a public meeting in Christchurch tonight, Keeping Our Teens Safe, organised by the Garry Moore and the Mayoress Pam Sharpe.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Russel Norman Resignation

While not the decisive factor, last year’s election result must have made it easier for Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman to finally call it a day. After three years of solid campaigning on social justice, economic and environmental issues – and amidst another round of self-destruction by Labour, its ally and rival on the centre-left – the Greens had realistically expected to end up close to 15 % on election day. Instead, it barely held its own, and failed to increase its vote.

This would have been an especially bitter result for Norman. For the past six years, Norman has been the de facto leader of the Opposition – especially after Labour lost the plot with a series of inept leaders and a chronic identity crisis about what, if anything, it now stood for. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news