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

 


Auckland alcohol snapshot no surprise

Otara Gambling and Alcohol Action Group says Auckland alcohol snapshot no surprise


The Otara Gambling and Alcohol Action Group (OGAAG) is not surprised by results revealed in the ‘Snapshot’ of alcohol-related harm in Auckland released today.

The Snapshot released by Auckland’s Alcohol Executive Planning Group confirms what OGAAG has known for some time. Alcohol-related harm is worse in Auckland than elsewhere.

OGAAG spokesperson Yvonne Matson says “We have got far too many liquor outlets, that are open for too many hours and who are promoting alcohol to our community 24/7. The harm follows.”

She says the community hasn’t been given the tools to address this harm so it just keeps on coming.

OGAAG’s submission on Auckland’s Draft Local Alcohol Policy calls for:

· a ‘sinking lid’ policy that this applies to both off and on-licences in priority areas.
· a permanent freeze or “regional cap” on all new on and off-licences for the entire duration of the policy
· restrictions in the maximum trading hours:
On-licences:
10am to 2am for Broad Area A (central city)
10am to 12am for Broad Area B (rest of Auckland)
10am-12am for clubs/restaurants/cafes/function centres and wineries/winery restaurants.
8am-4am for special licences.
Off-licences:
10am to 9pm. No exemptions for supermarkets.
· specific proximity controls to restrict the location of alcohol outlets near to ‘sensitive sites’ and no alcohol to be sold or consumed within 100 metres of sensitive sites
· mandatory notification to residents, owners/managers of sensitive sites and other businesses within a specified buffer zone (e.g. 100m radius) of any new or renewal licence applications and
· restrictions on advertising of alcohol on all licensed premises within a specified distance of identified sensitive sites.

Mrs Matson says “We really hope that our submission on the Draft Local Alcohol Policy will be taken on board by the Auckland Council so that communities like Otara can start getting on top of this serious community issue.”

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:

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: October 22 — Parliament Today

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>>

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:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news