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

 


Violence, vomit and vandalism not our future

Violence, vomit and vandalism not our future, says Alcohol Healthwatch


Violence, vomit and vandalism are not part of Auckland’s vibrancy and liveable city future says Alcohol Healthwatch Director Rebecca Williams.

Auckland Council’s Regional Strategy and Policy Committee agreed to adopt the draft Local Alcohol Policy for public consultation at its meeting yesterday morning.

Williams says the draft Local Alcohol Policy provides some real opportunities to get on top of our city’s drinking problems. The Council have been working on the drafting for quite some time now and Williams believes it is time to get the draft policy out there to enable the community to determine whether it meets their expectations or not.

Williams says there are a few aspects of the draft policy that need to be tightened up to ensure it delivers on harm reduction objectives.

“For example the draft policy proposes maximum closing hours of 1am in most areas and 3am in Central Auckland, but then includes capacity to extend those times by two hours. This defeats the purpose of including more restrictive trading hours in the first place.”

National maximum trading hours of 4am closing came into force in December last year and Williams says there have been some early indications that this has resulted in reduced alcohol-related crime and violence.

“There is no point in allowing trading up to 5am when we already know that this is contributing to alcohol-related harm. It’s simply counterproductive.”

In addition, Williams says these extensions could lead to even larger variances between trading hours across the city which will encourage migratory drinking and pre-loading behaviours which are also significant risk factors. The Council has opted out of using a one-way door approach to bridge the gap, something Williams suggests might need reconsideration.

She says another issue with the draft policy is the limited area identified in the Central Business District (CBD) for restrictions.

“The policy highlights only a small part of Queen St and Fort Street as priority areas, but the whole CDB needs increased controls or problems are just going to get shunted from one street to another.”

Williams says she’s concerned by some of the short-sighted arguments put forward by some people critical of the draft policy.

”They seem more concerned about a mum being able to get a bottle of wine at the supermarket in the early hours of the morning than they are about addressing the havoc caused by the excessive availability of alcohol. Most mums I know would happily forego a bit of convenience knowing that their children or grandchildren are safer as a result.”

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news