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Coun­cils plot two-year ban on new of­fli­cences as crit­ics slam spike in out­lets. By Paul Mitchell.

Sunday News - - NEWS -

A boom in bot­tle shops has coun­cils across the coun­try look­ing at ban­ning new of­fli­cences for at least two years.

Auck­land Coun­cil has plans to stop any new stores in 24 high­risk ar­eas, in­clud­ing the city cen­tre. Horowhenua District Coun­cil in the lower North Is­land re­cently adopted a two-year cap on booze shop numbers, and Hutt City Coun­cil and Whanganui District Coun­cil are work­ing through sim­i­lar poli­cies.

In Auck­land, the num­ber of of­fli­cences soared from 258 to 501 be­tween 2000 and 2016. Can­ter­bury saw a 62 per cent spike in the same pe­riod.

Al­co­hol Health­watch ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nicki Jack­son said 75 per cent of al­co­hol was now sold at

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