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

 


Survey shows Aucklanders support tighter alcohol policies

New survey shows Aucklanders support tighter alcohol policies


Aucklanders have had their say on the sale and supply of alcohol in their region – and they strongly support more restrictions.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has today released the results of a survey, conducted by Wyllie & Associates, into Aucklanders’ views on alcohol policies in their region.

Public support for alcohol policies in the Auckland Council Region shows majority support for policies that restrict trading hours, reduce the number of on and off-licences, and keeps these outlets away from schools.

Among the survey’s key findings:

• If there are to be different on-licence closing times across Auckland, 61 per cent favour no later than 2am in the Central Business District (CBD), 60 per cent support 1am in centres outside the CBD, and 52 per cent supportmidnight in the rest of Auckland. If closing times are to be the same across Auckland, 56 per cent support no later than 1am.

• The public strongly support off-licences beginning sales no earlier than 10am (60-68 per cent, depending on off-licence type), and stopping sales no later than 10pm (73-78 per cent).

• The public do not want any more on-licences in their local communities, with figures ranging from 66 per cent (opposed to more licensed cafes and restaurants) to 89 per cent (taverns and large bars).

• Between 91 and 95 per cent want no increase in the number of off-licences.

• Between 72 and 83 per cent are opposed to more on-licences in the CBD.

• 73-83 per cent are opposed to having “taverns and large bars”, “small neighbourhood bars”, or off-licences (except supermarkets) near schools.

With submissions on Auckland Council’s draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) now open, Medical Officer of Health Dr Denise Barnfather, is calling upon the Council to take heed of these results.

“Aucklanders have said their views loud and clear: they want Council to make real changes to reduce the accessibility and availability of alcohol,” says Dr Barnfather.

“The Local Alcohol Policy process is our city’s chance to make an effective contribution towards reducing alcohol-related harm and crime. We are pleased to see the draft LAP goes some way towards this, but there are still some serious shortfalls that need addressing to strengthen the policies from a health perspective.”

Dr Barnfather says that alcohol-related harm in Auckland could be significantly reduced by:

• Having a closing time of 1am for all on-licences across Auckland,

• Restricting off-licences, including supermarkets, to selling alcohol between 10am and 9pm,

• A freeze or sinking lid in Broad Area A, and the Priority Overlay area, for on and off-licences, and

• Keeping on and off-licences away from schools, while ensuring those already near schools cannot sell alcohol between 3pm and 4pm.

“There is strong evidence,” says Dr Barnfather, “that reducing trading hours and density reduces harm from alcohol. Evidence also shows that reducing young people’s exposure to alcohol reduces alcohol consumption.

“There is also strong evidence that public health policies that change the environment are much more effective in reducing consumption and harm than policies aimed at education and awareness.”

Dr Barnfather says it is crucial that the public takes its opportunity to make written submissions on the LAP. These can be made online at www.shapeauckland.co.nz until 16 July.

“Auckland Council has a golden opportunity to effect real and positive change. The evidence stacks up and – as our survey shows – the public want it.

“I urge Aucklanders to send a submission to Auckland Council and tell them what they told us: that they want reduced hours and fewer outlets – and all of them far away from our schools,” Dr Barnfather concluded.

Public support for alcohol policies in the Auckland Council Region is available for download on the ARPHS website.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

More Evidence - Scoop Press Conference Recordings:
PM's Post-Cab Presser 8/8/11
"at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ..."

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>


 

Parliament Today:

Schools, PPTA Sign Up: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote Down Govt Plan

Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Usual Round Of Mud Slinging And Name-Calling

This week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the slanging matches. The issue that emerged early this week could hardly be more important. Does the government intend to cut spending in health, education and on the environment if re-elected, or not? More>>

Earlier:

Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

ALSO:

It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

ALSO:

Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

"Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news