Alcohol reform petitioned
Goff appearance adds to success
The annual White Ribbon Day appeal in Tokoroa became a media scrum when Phil Goff arrived.
The appeal, organised by Tokoroa Council of Social Services, South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services, the Salvation Army, Safer Community Council and the Living Without Violence Trust, was a great success with the added media circus.
Mr Goff signed a petition on the steps of the Tokoroa Court House to help support a change in alcohol liquor policies in the South Waikato community.
Salvation Army Community Ministries manager Colin Bridle said the day went extremely well.
‘‘We achieved our aim to bring awareness to the community that violence is not okay.’’
South Waikato Pacific Islands Health Committee manager Akarere Henry said the reception was ‘‘absolutely fabulous’’.
‘‘We had an amazing sign up to our petition. Certainly on the day, when I was there, there were close to thousands of signatures.
‘‘We have seen at the coalface of the services we are involved with the effect alcohol has on a family . . . Research has proven there is a real correlation between violence and misuse of alcohol.’’
Below is a list of numbers for those needing help to break away from family violence.
Tokoroa Council of Social Services, 886 8277; South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services, 886 0010; Salvation Army, 886 9812, Family Violence Information Line, 0800 456 450; Tokoroa Women’s Refuge 886 5553; Living without Violence Trust, 886 7041.
If you need urgent help contact the police on 111.
DESTRUCTIVE: Salvation Army Community Ministries manager Colin Bridle with 780 empty alcohol cans which represent the number of domestic violence callouts the Tokoroa police dealt with in the last two years.
DELICIOUS WORK: Former mayor Gordon Blake encourages Phil Goff to roll up his sleeves and turn a few sizzlers.
SIGN OF SUPPORT: Phil Goff signs a petition organised by the Salvation Army to change local government policies surrounding alcohol stores in the district.