Sellers pleased by drinking law vote
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.’’