Booze bans supported
Alcohol bans are set to continue in a number of Far North spots to help prevent disorder, assaults and litter.
The Far North District Council was required to review its liquor bans in public places before its 2003 bylaw expired on December 18 this year. A total of 23 spots across the district have some form of liquor ban.
The council received 46 submissions in September and October, with 42 supporting the liquor bans to continue and four opposing them.
The police were key supporters of the bans continuing, saying they allow police to intervene early to reduce offending and victimisation.
“Liquor bans provide police with an enforcement option that acts as a deterrent to alcohol consumption, when often overconsumption would lead to fighting, disorder and violence,” Senior Sergeant Peter Robinson, area prevention manager for Far North, said in his submission.
Submitters also said the liquor bans helped prevent littering, intimidating behaviour toward children, property damage and anti-social behaviour. Submitters opposed to the bans said families should be able to go to the beach and have a sociable drink, with alcohol control affecting visitors to the area.
The alcohol control areas recommended to continue as publicly notified are for: Ahipara; Coopers Beach Reserve; Haruru; Hihi; Kaeo; Kaikohe; Kaitaia; Kawakawa; Kerikeri; Kohukohu; Moerewa; Okaihau; Omapere; Opononi; Paihia; Rawene; Russell; Taipa; Taupo Bay and Waipapa.
Council staff also recommend the liquor ban at Lily Pond in Haruru and Tokerau Beach be extended to apply 24/7 over December and January, and 24/7 at Pukenui and Pukenui Wharf. These sites currently have a complex ban with three different timeframes on peak nights.
Councillors will make a decision about the bans today.