Board set to re­view liquor ban ar­eas

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

Al­bert-Eden parks and re­serves are at risk of hav­ing their liquor bans re­moved.

The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board is ask­ing res­i­dents to pro­vide ev­i­dence of any al­co­hol-re­lated crime and dis­or­der they have wit­nessed in liquor ban ar­eas.

New gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion re­quires the Auck­land Coun­cil to re­view its ex­ist­ing liquor ban ar­eas against new cri­te­ria by Oc­to­ber. The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board must re­view the 108 al­co­hol bans in the area in­clud­ing Fowlds Park, Water­view Re­serve and Ni­chol­son Park.

Un­der cur­rent con­trols peo­ple are not al­lowed to bring, carry or drink al­co­hol in the park be­tween 10pm and 8am dur­ing day­light sav­ing hours and be­tween 8pm and 8am through­out the rest of the year.

With­out the

con­trols, al­co­hol could be con­sumed in the re­serves at any time of day.

Seven of the ex­ist­ing bans will re­main in the Eden Val­ley, Kings­land, Mt Al­bert, Mt Eden and Pt Che­va­lier town cen­tres as well as streets sur­round­ing Eden Park and Mt Al­bert War Me­mo­rial Re­serve.

The other liquor ban ar­eas will need to be re­viewed.

There must be ev­i­dence of high lev­els of crime or dis­or­der in each area for al­co­hol con­trol to be re­tained.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says the board would like to keep the cur­rent liquor bans but has to jus­tify the need for each banned area.

He says it has been dif­fi­cult to gather data from the po­lice and is call­ing on the public to give ev­i­dence.

‘‘We are in dan­ger of hav­ing a sit­u­a­tion of strug­gling to re­tain suc­cess­ful liquor bans be­cause we don’t have the ev­i­dence.’’

Ev­i­dence can be in the form of writ­ten ac­counts of in­ci­dents peo­ple have wit­nessed in a liquor ban area, ei­ther re­cently or prior to the ban.

‘‘We don’t live in a per­fect world so liquor bans aren’t al­ways ef­fec­tive but nonethe­less liquor bans have given the po­lice the abil­ity to deal a lit­tle bit more with prob­lems,’’ Haynes says.

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