Say no to liquor bids
Three new applications made
‘‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill towards men.’’
YEAH RIGHT the Tui Billboard would say of this latest set of liquor licence applications made by the directors of Mokosoi Holdings Ltd Tauranga.
Their request right on Christmas for three liquor licences while social service providers in Tokoroa are working flat out at their busiest time of year is an outrage. The families in our community are under huge stress over the need to provide gifts and food, trying to pay the bills and then cater for family, friends and those unexpected unannounced visitors.
Then there are those who have lived on a benefit or a low income that have struggled and got further behind in paying the ever-increasing rent, power, fuel and food bills. Many are at breaking point. They were told to plan and to budget by wellmeaning friends and services; but now because of hard economic times and lack of work, they budgeted, they lived frugally but there was still nothing left in the cupboard.
Many will seek solace and comfort in alcohol or other recreational drugs, which boils over into family violence, abuse and neglect of partners and children causing the unravelling of the family unit. Ask Tokoroa police; in our community of Tokoroa, Putaruru and Mangakino the past two years have seen Violence in a public place 155 incidents; Violence Dwelling 559; Violence other 40; Violence Family 780; Violence Sexual 41. (NZ Police stats). These are the sobering facts.
Not much peace or goodwill towards men in these situations.
South Waikato has 20 off licences, 24 on licences and 18 club licences, surely it is time to say ‘‘It’s not OK’’ to this continuing alcohol-fuelled violence in our community.
The Sale of Liquor Act 1989 has at its centre the object of the Act which states: ‘‘The object is to establish a reasonable system of control, over the sale and supply of liquor to the public, WITH THE AIM OF THE REDUCTION OF LIQUOR ABUSE; so far as can be achieved by legislative moves.’’
We ask the council and the Liquor Licensing Authority to take the social harm statistics into account as they have done in New Plymouth and Turangi decisions. I am asking, although it’s a busy time of year, can the residents and ratepayers of our community please send your letter of objection to the South Waikato District Council before Christmas Day.
Our prayer is for a safe and healthy community. My prayer is that you have a blessed and safe Christmas with family and friends.
Colin Bridle (Dip Soc Wrk; Dip Man) Manager Community Ministries, The Salvation Army Tokoroa. Ph 07 886-9812, Email firstname.lastname@example.org army.org