Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Review of supply and sale of liquor welcomed

Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Youth Affairs

9 November 2006 Media Statement
Review of supply and sale of liquor to under-18's welcomed

Youth Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed a government review of restrictions around the sale and supply of liquor to young people, following Parliament's decision to keep the minimum age for purchasing alcohol at 18.

In a conscience vote last night, MPs voted down the Sale of Liquor (Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction: Purchase Age) Amendment Bill, which had sought to raise the minimum age for buying alcohol from 18 back up to 20 years.

"Back in 1999, I did not support the bill lowering the alcohol purchasing age from 20 to 18 years, and consistent with that view, I voted in support of raising it back up to 20, because I believe that this does not send a good message to our young people about responsible drinking behaviour," Nanaia Mahuta said. "It also does not help address the underlying problem, which is New Zealand's binge drinking culture.

"However, I welcome this review, which will look at the effectiveness of current restrictions designed to prevent the sale and supply of liquor to under 18 year-olds, which I hope will result in a reduction of the risks of alcohol-related harm to young people.

"I also believe that as adults, young people and a society we all need to do more to model better drinking behaviour. Situations such as sporting events, tertiary student life, and even family celebrations are a good place to start to change behaviour.

"More importantly, we need to support young people to make positive life
choices. Every day, young people deal with complex emotional issues, and peer
pressure can lead to an experimental or 'follow the crew' mindset. Let's support young people to lead a culture of change to become healthy, confident leaders," Nanaia Mahuta said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news