Sell­ers pleased by drink­ing law vote

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

Cen­tral Porirua bar man­agers are happy New Zealand’s le­gal drink­ing age will stay at 18.

Last Thurs­day, Par­lia­ment voted to keep the le­gal drink­ing age where it is, with 68 votes in sup­port of the sta­tus quo and 53 against.

Lo­cal bar man­agers that KapiMana News spoke to agree with the ma­jor­ity of MPs that 18 is a fair drink­ing age.

Metropoli­tan Bar man­ager An­mal Ku­mar Cho­pra said he was happy to re­tain the sta­tus quo, be­cause [a change] would be un­fair to 18 and 19-year-olds. ‘‘At 18 teenagers know what they are do­ing, and should be al­lowed to drink.’’

It’s hard to con­trol peo­ple at age 18 or 19, be­cause they are adults, he said.

Jimmy’s Bar man­ager Kevin Humphrey said the split-age no­tion was too con­fus­ing, with dif­fer­ent laws and ages for bars and su­per­mar­kets.

He said Jimmy’s Bar did not have any prob­lems with drinkers younger than 20, as they were very strictly con­trolled, with bounc­ers on the door and inside.

‘‘I am happy with the way it is,’’ he said.

Dog Box man­ager Tina Gra­ham said drink­ing age laws were not a prob­lem for her bar.

‘‘We don’t get many young ones in here any­way.’’

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