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Not All Youth Support ‘Keeping It 18’

Media Release: Manurewa Youth Council

Not All Youth Support ‘Keeping It 18’

The Manurewa Youth Council wants to make it clear that not all young people support keeping the alcohol purchase age at 18.

Young people have a diverse range of views on this important issue, and the ‘keep it 18’ campaign does not represent all young people.

“The Manurewa Youth Council has engaged with young people from across Manurewa on this issue and we have heard of the problems that alcohol causes in Manurewa. One of the solutions consistently put forward by young people is to not only give the community more say into the allocation of liquor licences, but also an increase in the alcohol purchase age to 20,” says Simeon Brown, Chair of the Manurewa Youth Council.

“The Manurewa Youth Council is pleased to note that both the Manurewa MP Louisa Wall and National list MP Cam Calder who is based in Manurewa have pledged their support for an increase in the alcohol purchase age.”

“We understand that there is a diverse range of views on this important issue, and encourage MP’s to consider the views of all young people, while making a decision which represents good policy,” concludes Mr Brown.

A vote on this part of the Alcohol Reform Bill is expected later this week in Parliament.


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