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

 

Auckland Council Taking Action Against 'Legal Highs'

Media Release

19 September 2013

Auckland Council Taking Action Against 'Legal Highs'

Civic Leaders in Manurewa are pleased that Auckland Council voted yesterday to get the wheels in motion to put in place further restrictions on so called 'legal high' stores. 

Under the recently passed Psychoactive Substances Act, councils have been given the authority to limit where stores selling 'legal highs' can be placed. The Manurewa Local Board lead the advocacy, arguing for a 1km radius ban on these stores around all schools, early childhood education centres, places of worship, and community halls and facilities. 

Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton says she is pleased that this policy will now be going ahead after a unanimous vote today at Auckland Councils Regional Development and Operations Committee. 

"Communities across Auckland and particularly in the south have been plagued by the availability of 'legal highs' being sold and the harm that these substances have been causing in the community. 

"We are pleased that this policy will now be developed, and we look forward to its implementation so we can continue to drive these substances out of our communities and away from our young people." Says Ms Dalton.

Manurewa Local Board Member Simeon Brown has spoken to 9 other local boards around Auckland seeking support for this policy, and says it is crucial for the well being of our communities. 

"This policy will ensure that we can further reduce the availability of these substances, especially around sensitive sites where the community gathers and where young people are present. 



"Too many young people have already been harmed by these substances. Enough is enough." Says Mr Brown. 

Manurewa-Papakura Councillor Calum Penrose says he is pleased that Auckland Council voted unanimously for the policy. 

"Auckland Council has listened to the concerns of the residents of Manurewa, and is taking action to support them using the powers that the new legislation has given them. 

"I'm hopeful we can now speed up the implementation of this policy so that it is in place as soon as possible, by Auckland Council working closely with the Ministry of Health to put it in place." Says Mr Penrose. 

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Detail Released: Firearms Buy-Back Scheme "Strikes Fair Balance"

Licensed firearms owners will get fair compensation for weapons handed in during the six-month buy-back and amnesty, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

The fund available for the buy-back and amnesty has also increased by $40 million through a contribution from ACC. The total set aside for the scheme is now over $200 million. More>>

 

World Refugee Day: Former Refugees Say Policy Must Change

This year, 1000 refugees will be able to resettle here in New Zealand - but there are restrictions on where those people can come from. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham: Hit & Run Author 'Believes Insurgents Were In Village'

One of the authors of Hit & Run has backtracked from a key claim in the book, revealing he now believes armed insurgents were in a village attacked by New Zealand elite soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

2020 Election Changes: Same Day Enrolment, Supermarket Voting

New Zealand’s democracy is to be enhanced, with voters gaining the right to enrol on election day at next year’s general election and allowing ballot boxes to be placed in supermarkets and malls to make it easier for people to vote, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. More>>

ALSO:

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels