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


Teenagers Test Shoppers

Media Release

December 11, 2007

Teenagers Test Shoppers

Half of the shoppers in South Taranaki who were asked to buy alcohol for teenagers in a recent “shoulder tapping exercise” were happy to do so.

Two 18 year olds spent two hours outside an off license in Hawera asking shoppers to buy alcohol for them in the recent exercise.

This exercise was part of research being carried out by Taranaki District Health Board and Massey University’s Centre for Social Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE).

The survey was done in collaboration with the managers of a South Taranaki off license premise. The purpose was to test the public to see if they had thought about the consequences of supplying a young person with alcohol.

Of the six shoppers approached by the 18 year olds, three were happy to purchase alcohol for them. “That’s not good enough,” Taranaki District Health Board Health Promoter Jason Matthews says. “We wanted to see if this was a method that under-age people could use to get alcohol and we were all surprised by the results.”

He says the shoppers did not ask the teenagers their age. “By purchasing alcohol for a stranger, you are not sure that they are 18 years old and you have no knowledge of how or in what circumstances the alcohol will be consumed. It could be passed on to a 12-year-old in the park or cause some sort of alcohol related harm”.

Mr Matthews says even though there have been a number of campaigns such as the Think Before you Buy Under 18s Drink the message is still not getting through and there is a need for improvement. Agencies and the community will need continue to work together to improve these results.

The Government is currently reviewing the sale and supply of alcohol to minors and has identified several key issues. The key proposals are:

• regulating social supply by creating an offence for adults (other than parents or guardians) to supply alcohol to a minor who consumes it in a public place;
• creating an infringement offence for a minor to supply alcohol to another minor who consumes it in a public place.
Recent national and international research also shows:
• parents are the main suppliers of alcohol to minors (around 60%);
• another 30% of supply is by friends and approximately 10% is purchased from licensed premises by minors themselves.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election