Booze bans sup­ported

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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