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

 


Poor Performance from Licensed Premises in the Far North

Poor Performance from Licensed Premises in the Far North

NZ Police and the Northland District Health Board are very disappointed with the results of an alcohol controlled purchase operation, conducted in licensed premises in the Far North region on Saturday, 15th February 2014.

The controlled purchase operation targeted licensed premises in the Ahipara, Kaitaia, Awanui and Houhora areas.

The operation carried out by members of the Far North Alcohol Team (FNAT)*, tested the compliance of selling alcohol to minors (under the supervision of NZ
Police), Ten premises were tested consisting of nine off-licensed premises and one on-licensed premise.

Four of the licensed premises sold alcohol to the underage minors (youth under 18 years).

Far North Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer Senior Constable Graeme Wright says the result was extremely disappointing, “This operation highlights how easily our youth are able to access alcohol from licensed premises in this region.

"Licensees are required to ensure they don't sell alcohol to our kids. That is why we have a system of licenses. How hard is it to stop selling to kids? Well it's real easy, no photo identification - no sale. It is that simple”

The fallout from youth accessing alcohol is well documented. As a community we
need to have confidence that license holders will not sell alcohol to our youth.

The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came into full force on 18th December, 2013 and it now means that premises and managers/licensee's of those premises are subject to three strikes (offences) and then they can lose their licenses. Each offence could result in short term suspensions of their licenses, one to seven days for the premises and 30 days for the managers, and/or fines not more than $10,000 for managers and $2,000 for the seller.

Mr Wright adds, “The increased availability of cheap and/or discounted alcohol available from multiple sources and close to home has attributed in rises in violence in the home and in public places.

We all need to look at what we are doing in our own homes when consuming alcohol.

Family members, supplying alcohol to our youth without supervision should also be addressed, as this is also a major factor in the problems we have in our communities.

We will continue to test the licensed premises, but people in our communities need to look at what they are doing in their homes as well. Youth and alcohol is a big problem, but young people are by no means the only people abusing alcohol as we see the home based drinking/parties that impact on domestic and violence incidents in our communities continue to grow”.

Controlled purchase operations are part of an ongoing programme to assess compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to ensure young people
under the age of 18 are not supplied with alcohol.

In accordance with the Act, applications for suspension or cancellation of the license and manager’s certificate for each premise that failed the CPO will be made to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Operation statistics:

CPO

Off and on licensed premises: 10 premises checked resulted in four sales Far North Alcohol Team (FNAT) - Staff from the Northland District Health Board Public Health Unit, NZ Police and Far North District Council are tasked with
monitoring and enforcing the requirements under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news