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

 


Keep our kids safe from alcohol says Rangi McLean

MEDIA STATEMENT

Keep our kids safe from alcohol says Rangi McLean

17 June 2014

Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean, has spoken out about the decision of the Auckland District Licensing Committee to over-ride the voices of the community and allow a liquor store to open directly opposite Southern Cross Campus in Mangere.

"The Māori Party has consistently advocated the case to protect the school environment against what we describe as social hazards" said Mr McLean.

"Our Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell brought amendments to the Alcohol Reform Bill which sought to establish promixity to a school as a determining factor in whether to issue or renew a liquor license. Unfortunately our amendments were not agreed to by the National Government, but we will continue to raise the issues as we must".

"We believe that there is absolutely no place for a liquor outlet to be so prominent in the immediate vicinity of a school.

Our other co-leader, Tariana Turia, took up the cause when a feisty little school in Cannons Creek, Russell School, took on the Liquor Licensing Authority - and won. The Russell School community had been up in arms about the impact of alcohol abuse in their school environment - empty bottles were frequently found littering their grounds, some with dregs of alcohol still remaining".

"The community took on the fight in Porirua - and I want to say to our community in South Auckland that our fight isn't over by any means".

"The Southern Cross Campus includes within it, one of the top kura in our rohe, Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae. Our tamariki deserve to go to school without alcohol hazards being in their way.

"Our community has worked so hard to keep social hazards out of our suburbs - the last thing we need is another liquor joint peddling its wares outside a site of learning for our young leaders".

"I support the work that the Māngere-Otahuhu Local Board, the Māngere East Family Centre and the Southern Cross Campus have done to keep their communities safe. I want to say to them, as candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau, that the Māori Party stands beside them in their campaign to keep liquor outlets out of the line of sight of our children who have a right to attend school without facing the gauntlet of alcohol advertising. I will be joining them in their protest this Saturday, and supporting their call for safe school environments, free of alcohol abuse and marketing".

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.

“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.

“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:


Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news