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

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

  • Week in Parliament 22-05-15
  • Saturday Sitting
  • House Rises At Midnight
  • Telco Levy Bill Passes
  • Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading
  • Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

  • TPPA: University Of Auckland Warns Of Negative TPP Impact

    The University of Auckland May 20, 2015 University of Auckland Warns of Negative TPP Impact With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation drawing to a close, the University of Auckland has expressed serious concerns about its potential implications. ... More>>

    NZ Flag: Flag Referendum Gets Hit Hard In New Poll

    The latest Campbell Live text poll confirms it is time for the Prime Minister to listen to the public and shelve his flag referendum, says the New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Belated Moves On Property Speculation

    Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More>>

    Grant Robertson:
    Key Can’t Just Be Prime Minister For Parnell

    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In a ... More>>

    Labour Party: More Regional Jobs Go In Corrections Reshape

    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka ... More>>

    ALSO:

  • NZ First - Prison Job Losses to Send Money Offshore
  • TPPA: ‘Team Obama’ Regroups On Fast Track, Still Not Deliverable

    ‘After yesterday’s stinging and unexpected defeat for the Obama administration’s attempt to advance Fast Track legislation in the US Senate, Senate leaders have worked up a compromise they think will get them past this blockage’, according to Auckland ... More>>

    NZ Government: 5,500 More Doctors And Nurses In Our Hospitals

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country. More>>

    Controller and Auditor General: Katherine Rich Conflict of Interest Decision

    We are writing to you about a matter that has been raised with us by members of the public. More>>

    ALSO:


    Budget 2015: Andrew Little On The 2015 Budget

    Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce, the Labour opposition leader attacked the government’s approach to economic issues facing New Zealand. He said they have been “more than reckless in their complacency” and “the next week’s budget will do nothing ... More>>

    Defence Force: NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel In Iraq

    NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel in Iraq The New Zealand Defence Force Building Partner Capacity training mission contingent is in place at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating says the ... More>>

    PM Press Conference: ACC Levy Cuts Announced

    In a press conference this afternoon in Wellington, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye proposed $500 million worth of ACC levy cuts. More>>

    Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

    For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

    ALSO:


    Gordon Campbell: On lessons for Labour from the UK election
    If the polls were right – and the pollsters kept telling us how accurate they’d been in 2010, and even Nate Silver was getting the same results – there seemed no way that the British Labour Party could lose last Thursday’s British election. With Labour predicted to win around 270 seats and the Scottish National Party batting around 55-60 seats, Labour seemed to be home free. But…as we now know, things didn’t turn out that way. Labour ended up with 232 seats and the Conservatives swept back to power with an outright majority, after winning only a little more than a third ( 36.9%) of the votes cast.MORE >>
    Also.

  • NZ PM John Key - PM congratulates David Cameron after UK election
  • The Nation IV Transcript - Hack Attack author Nick Davies
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
    More RSS  RSS
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news