Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Auckland Transport says no to alcohol advertising

Celebrations as Auckland Transport says no to alcohol advertising

Media release: Alcohol Healthwatch, Auckland Transport, 30 September 2018

From 1 October, all Auckland Transport infrastructure, facilities and public transport services will be free from alcohol advertising.

Alcohol Healthwatch celebrates the decision by Auckland Transport to say no to alcohol advertising, given the strong evidence of the harms from alcohol advertising particularly to young people, women and those with alcohol dependencies.

Alcohol Healthwatch Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson, says, “the position taken by Auckland Transport on alcohol advertising will protect young people from its harm. Exposure to alcohol advertising can be explicit or subliminal and has harmful effects on our communities. It especially reaches children and adolescents given they are our biggest users of public transport.”

Auckland Transport’s Group Manager Metro Service Delivery Stacey Van Der Putten says public transport use in Auckland continues to grow.

“There were more than 92 million trips made on Aucklander's buses, trains or ferries in the past year. The public transport network is continuing to grow, and at Auckland Transport we have to make sure that advertising on our assets is done in a responsible way. This is a no-brainer – we are proud to take leadership and set an example for the community.”

Dr Jackson adds, “We are all exposed to advertising on public transport or at transport facilities, whether we use the bus, train, ferry or drive our car. Alcohol advertising reinforces alcohol use as the norm and this is not the message we want our children to be receiving.

“Those trying to limit their drinking or remain sober also tell us that they actively seek to avoid the strong cues linked to alcohol advertising. We commend Auckland Transport for saying no to alcohol advertising and putting their community first.”

Alcohol Healthwatch believes the policy is a great first step and hopes that other Councils around the country will follow Auckland’s leadership on this important issue.

“Very few councils with public transport facilities have adequate protections in place, despite 80 percent of New Zealanders supporting restrictions on alcohol advertising that can be seen or heard by young people,” Dr Jackson says.

“This policy rightly puts the welfare of its people ahead of profit. We would like to see every local and regional Council across the country require all of their infrastructure and facilities to be free from alcohol advertising. Alcohol Healthwatch would be thrilled to support them in the process.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels