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Working Together Conference 2005

Working Together Conference 2005

Wednesday 23 February 2005

The Challenge of Policing the Night-Time Economy in the United Kingdom is the topic of the keynote address by one of the United Kingdom’s top police at an upcoming conference in Auckland. Chief Constable John Giffard of the Staffordshire Police is coming to New Zealand at the invitation of the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) to address the Working Together 2005 conference at the Aotea Centre on March 1 and 2.

This Conference is for people working in and with licensed premises," says ALAC's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mike MacAvoy. "It is designed to reduce alcohol-related harm at a community level by providing an opportunity for all the agencies involved in the monitoring and enforcement of the Sale of Liquor Act, Host Responsibility and district planning to share innovative ideas and programmes," he says.

Dr MacAvoy says the United Kingdom has been grappling with many of the problems facing New Zealand such as binge drinking, problems on licensed premises and alcohol fuelled public disorder and crime.

“Chief Constable Giffard will provide a first hand account of the British situation. Several factors will be explored in light of their impact upon licensing issues. For example, the local government drive to regenerate towns and cities by investing to develop and establish a European style ‘Café Culture’ promoting responsible drinking and liberalised licensing laws, set against the proliferation of drinking establishments fuelling the prevailing culture of excessive drinking.”

Other key note speakers include; Other keynote speakers include Top of Form Investor Relations Director with Lion Nathan Australia, Warwick Bryan on the role of the industry in working with Governments, police and health promoters and the community to minimise harm and encourage moderation.

Jeremy Wood, Director, Crime Prevention Unit on the links between Alcohol and Community Safety. Junior Toleafoa, Host Responsibility Manager, SKYCITY on the SKYCITY Host Responsibility Model Dr Sara Bennett, Manager Population Health & Needs Assessment, Auckland DHB Judge Unwin, Chairman, Liquor Licensing Authority

The conference programme is available on ALAC’s website at


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