THE LO­CAL POL­ICY MAK­ERS

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

them avail­able for kids but on the other hand, are they go­ing to go look­ing for it if it’s not around?’’

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says le­gal highs are a ‘‘grow­ing con­cern’’. There are cur­rently ‘‘so­cial is­sues’’ with people us­ing le­gal highs at My­ers Park, he says.

‘‘We’re not talk­ing home­less here, we’re talk­ing about young people, mainly men, con­gre­gat­ing at My­ers Park on le­gal highs caus­ing so­cial is­sues.

‘‘They’re the tinny houses of the city cen­tre.’’ Mr Cham­bers says ban­ning them is not the an­swer but they do need to be more vig­i­lantly con­trolled.

A by­law would de­ter­mine suit­able lo­ca­tions for le­gal high shops, he says.

‘‘Around the civic cen­tre of Auck­land is not the ap­pro­pri­ate place for such out­lets to be based.

‘‘They cer­tainly need con­trol­ling and restrict­ing at an ap­pro­pri­ate level, just like al­co­hol and pros­ti­tu­tion.’’

No thanks: Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says le­gal high prod­ucts are a con­cern around My­ers Park.

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