Pol­icy aimed at al­co­hol sales

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

You won’t be able to buy al­co­hol in Porirua’s sub­urbs af­ter 9pm, should a draft lo­cal al­co­hol pol­icy for the city get passed.

Porirua City coun­cil­lors dis­cussed the pol­icy at Te Komiti on April 24. There was ran­cour dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion from Re­gional Pub­lic Health, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives point­ing to sta­tis­tics about al­co­hol harm in New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties and talk­ing about ad­mis­sions to hospi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments.

‘I feel like I’m be­ing lec­tured to here. It would be more ben­e­fi­cial if you were com­ment­ing on our al­co­hol pol­icy,’’ mayor Nick Leggett said. ‘‘Porirua is held up as this place where bad things hap­pen, but what we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing with al­co­hol is hap­pen­ing every­where.’’

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas said he ob­jected to the as­sump­tion that Porirua was strictly a low so­cioe­co­nomic area and that an al­co­hol pol­icy should re­flect that.

‘‘A sig­nif­i­cant amount of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, of­ten down to al­co­hol, is in the high and mid­dle-in­come bracket, but that is brushed over.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil be­gan de­vel­op­ing a pol­icy last year and that will soon go out for pub­lic com­ment.

Key el­e­ments in­clude:

Al­co­hol not be­ing sold af­ter 9pm at off-li­censed premises, which in­clude dairies. Su­per­mar­kets, how­ever, will be able to sell booze un­til 11pm.

Bars, pubs and clubs’ hours to sell al­co­hol will be re­stricted till 1am.

All bot­tle­stores must limit prod­uct ad­ver­tis­ing to 50 per cent of the to­tal shop front area.

One- way door pro­ce­dures, good light­ing, CCTV cam­eras and other rules for bars and clubs.

Coun­cil­lors Tim Shep­pard, John Burke and Litea Ah Hoi ex­cused them­selves from the de­bate be­cause of their mem­ber­ship of Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust.

Leggett said it was im­por­tant to get a well-bal­anced doc­u­ment and com­mu­nity feed­back.

‘‘ We have dif­fer­ent vil­lages in Porirua and what is fit for one [re­gard­ing an al­co­hol pol­icy] is not for an­other,’’ he said.

‘‘Most people drink mod­er­ately ... but it’s im­por­tant we find that bal­ance.’’

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