Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Hamilton leads the way on Legal Highs, Auckland must follow

18 February 2014

Hamilton City leading the way on Legal Highs, Auckland must follow

Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton and Deputy Chair Simeon Brown submitted to the Hamilton City Council today as it hears submissions on its draft Psychoactive Substances Policy. Hamilton City Council has produced a draft policy which will restrict the sale of legal highs to the inner city and to areas of the Te Rapa business district.

Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton applauded Hamilton City Council for showing strong leadership in producing this policy and is calling for Auckland Council to follow suit.

"The Hamilton City Council is showing real leadership on a controversial issue, seeking the communities input into how the harm from theses substances can be reduced."Over 500 submissions were received by Hamilton City Council, showing that this is an issue of real concern to the community, and we are pleased to have played a part in supporting this process.

"Auckland Council has a moral obligation to begin the process and create their own policy to further restrict and regulate the sale of these harmful substances," says Ms Dalton.

Manurewa Local Board Deputy Chair Simeon Brown who also spoke in support of Hamilton City Council's submission said the time was right for Auckland Council to create a Local Approved Products Policy.

"The ministry of Health has delayed the implementation of regulations for psychoactive substances till May next year. This gives Auckland Council a window of opportunity to clearly define where stores selling 'legal highs' will be allowed.

"As seen by the submissions received by Hamilton Council, this is a controversial issue, but one which the community is passionate about, and one where the council has an obligation to act," says Mr Brown.

The Manurewa Local Board has already released a position paper clearly defining where 'legal high' stores will be restricted to in Manurewa, which the Ministry of Health has confirmed will be taken into account when making licencing decisions in the Manurewa Local Board area.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election