Council says we are sweet enough
Sugary drinks will be harder to get after the city council voted to restrict their sale and supply at venues it owns and events it runs.
The council’s community development committee voted 8-6 for bringing in the policy, with the debate ranging from fears about freedom of choice to the council turning into the ‘‘sugar police’’.
The policy means all the city’s libraries and community centres will not sell sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks and flavoured milks.
Contractors selling the drinks at council premises like the Lido Aquatic Centre and Central Energy Trust Arena would not have to immediately comply, but would be asked to get rid of them until contracts come up for negotiation.
People could still bring their own sugary drinks from home if they liked.
MidCentral District Health Board had asked the council to adopt some kind of sugar-free policy after enacting its own in 2015.
MidCentral health’s Nigel Fitzpatrick said there had been some adverse comments on the DHB’s intranet soon after the ban came in, but most people had learned to live with it.
Councillor Aleisha Rutherford said it was not about removing freedom of choice.
‘‘It’s a stepping stone in the right direction towards a healthier city.’’