Care urged with af­ter par­ties

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STEPH RANGI

With high school se­nior balls loom­ing in Taupo, po­lice are plead­ing with par­ents and teenagers to do their home­work on the ef­fects of al­co­hol and the law sur­round­ing the sup­ply of al­co­hol to un­der 18’s.

Al­co­hol Harm Re­duc­tion of­fi­cer, Sergeant Sarah Foster, said peo­ple needed to wise up around the sup­ply of al­co­hol to youths.

‘‘I want to send out the pre­ven­tion mes­sage to get the par­ents/ guardians to be in­formed be­fore sup­ply­ing their young per­son with the max­i­mum quota for th­ese events,’’ she said.

‘‘The par­ents can take some re­spon­si­bil­ity in ed­u­cat­ing them­selves around al­co­hol harm in New Zealand so­ci­ety and ed­u­cate their young peo­ple who are all at the stage of peer pres­sure to drink.

‘‘They are also likely to drink more than their par­ents/ guardians give them.’’

Foster said af­ter-ball par­ties held many po­ten­tial risks for young peo­ple.

Foster rec­om­mends par­ents/ guardians visit a web­site which ex­plains the rules and pro­vides ad­vice.

‘‘ [I] do not be­lieve that al­low­ing a young per­son to take 10 al­co­holic drinks to a party which lasts for four hours is re­spon­si­ble sup­ply,’’ she said.

‘‘Young brains are still de­vel­op­ing and they have less tol­er­ance to the ef­fects of al­co­hol.’’

Foster said Po­lice at­tended an event in Taupo last year at which some dis­or­derly gate crash­ers ar­rested and she is hop­ing this year will be dif­fer­ent.

Tauhara Col­lege will kick off the se­nior ball sea­son this com­ing Satur­day with Taupo-nui-a-Tia’s ball on June 10.

Taupo-nui-a-Tia Col­lege prin­ci­pal, Peter Moyle, said the school doesn’t en­cour­age af­ter ball par­ties but knows they go ahead.

‘‘The oness is on their par­ents but we are able to help with of­fer­ing ad­vice. We just want to en­sure par­ents are aware of the in­her­ent risks with al­co­hol.’’

Any par­ent or guardian deemed not to be sup­ply­ing al­co­hol re­spon­si­bly, can be charged un­der the Sale & Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act.

Con­tact Sergeant Foster on 07 378 6060 or email sarah.foster@po­lice.govt.nz for ad­vice on the law, or visit al­co­hol.org.nz

MATT SHAND/FAIRFAX NZ

Sergeant Sarah Foster urg­ing par­ents to con­trol the sup­plied al­co­hol for af­ter balls.

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