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Posted 15 June 2014 - 01:07 PM


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 06:45 PM

Mr keys has sent letters to national superannuints stating a 6o% give or take of the average wage as their state income,

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:50 PM

Survey reveals pre-loading rife

KATHRYN KING [email protected]

Last updated 12:00 26/06/2014

Opinion poll

Do you pre-load?

Yes, it's too expensive to drink in town.

No, I can afford to drink in town.

I don't drink or don't go to town.

Vote Result

A never-before undertaken survey into Palmerston North's drinking habits has revealed young people spend on average more than $30 on their pre-town tipple.

The survey, on pre-loading of alcohol, canvassed 201 people aged 18-35 and a "control group" who did not pre-load. It was commissioned by ACC on behalf of the Palmerston North Safety Advisory Board (PNSAB), and was done in March last year.

The study identified groups that pre-loaded, and their relationship to alcohol-related harm and associated behaviours, including moving from an unlicensed premises to licensed ones.

It also sought to find potential solutions to reduce alcohol-related harm caused by pre-loading.

Police area commander Inspector Pat Handcock, chairman of the PNSAB, said the outcome of the survey wasn't a surprise. "The extent of pre-loading has been pretty well known to emergency services for a very long time."

The survey found 69 per cent of respondents drank alcohol before a typical night out, particularly those in the 22 to 25-year-old age group at 83 per cent.

Liquor stores at 79 per cent, were the preferred place to purchase alcohol, with pre-loaders spending an average of $34 on spirits, RTDs and beer primarily.

Handcock said it was a concern that half of those surveyed and 42 per cent of pre-loaders had a negative experience in the city.

Thirty-six per cent said they did something they later regretted, 30 per cent reported a negative effect on their partner or relationship, and 24 per cent reported injuries to themselves or someone else.

The survey found problems occurred late at night after the pre-loaders arrived in the city, and in the early hours of the morning.

Police patrolled the central city on foot and with vehicles during that period, but the sheer volume of drunk people there meant officers were unable to be everywhere at once, Handcock said.

The survey results would be used to tailor new safety campaigns, and had already influenced current initiatives, including Project Vangard, which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm and victimisation to young women aged 16 to 24.

The safety advisory board would also "welcome" a review of the opening hours for both on-licence and off-licence businesses. He hoped this could happen now a Palmerston North Liquor Advisory Board had been established. He would not give an opinion on what the best opening hours would be, saying it was a "community issue" that they would have to consider.

Hospitality New Zealand regional manager Chris Hince
said pre-loading was "one of the biggest bugbears of the hospitality industry". He believed the best way to reduce pre-loading was to limit the availability of discount alcohol, particularly at supermarkets.

Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor
said the study was indicative of "any city" in New Zealand and highlighted a number of societal issues that were exacerbated by pre-loading.

The PNSAB was now sharing its findings with agencies throughout New Zealand so they too could make responsible drinking initiatives and campaigns more effective, he said.

- Manawatu Standard

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

Very good questions asked by the opinion writer WENDY WOOD about the Liquor Licensing Authority.

Drunk driver avoids jail

Last updated 13:20 04/07/2014

The drunk driver who hit and killed a New Plymouth mother-of-two has escaped a sentence of imprisonment.

Hogan Lawrence Bolton, 31, appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in the district court for sentencing today on a charge of drunk driving causing death.

Judge Roberts sentenced Bolton to nine months home detention and disqualified him from driving for two years.

Bolton had previously pleaded guilty to the charge, after he hit Carmen Rogers, an artist, on New Plymouth's Brougham St in May.

He was found to have a breath alcohol level of 1297 micrograms, more than three times the legal limit of 400mcg.

Rogers and her husband, Che, were together for 21 years and had two daughters.

She had bachelor of visual art in fine art from Witt and also received the award for the top fine art student of her year, with her sculpture work purchased by Witt for its collection.

Rogers was also a finalist in the The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award in 2011 and 2013, and was also the recipient of the Betty Loughhead Soroptomist Scholarship in 2010.

She had also shown solo exhibitions at Oui Gallery in Auckland and Artspost in Hamilton and presented a sculptural installation at Taranaki's Womad 2013.


Lessons learned from tragedy

Drink driver to educate others after killing mum

Last updated 05:00 05/07/2014

Letter: Liquor outlet questions

Last updated 08:07 10/07/2014

OPINION: After reading this heart- wrenching article featured on the front page (Taranaki Daily News, July 5) I am left wondering why the ''liquor outlet'' that Hogan Bolton had been drinking at until late afternoon has not been made accountable for the death of Carmen Rogers.

Judge Allan Roberts is quoted as saying: ''Bolton had caused the death of Carmen Rogers when grossly exceeding the allowable alcohol limit. He had chosen to drive after drinking at a liquor outlet until the late afternoon.''

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I am of the understanding that it is against the law for a liquor licensee or his or her staff to sell alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated, or to allow a person to become intoxicated. There are heavy penalties for these offences.

I decided to look up Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which clearly states: ''248 Sale or supply of alcohol to intoxicated people:

(1) The licensee or a manager of any licensed premises who sells or supplies alcohol to an intoxicated person commits an offence.

(2) A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable on conviction,-

(a) in the case of a licensee, to either or both of the following:

(i) a fine of not more than $10,000:

(ii) the suspension of the licensee's licence for a period of not more than 7 days:

(B) in the case of a manager, a fine of not more than $10,000.

(3) A person who is not a licensee or manager of licensed premises and who sells or supplies alcohol to an intoxicated person commits an offence.

(4) A person who commits an offence against subsection (3) is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than $2,000.

(5) Subsection (3) applies irrespective of any liability that may attach to the licensee or any manager in respect of the same offence.''

We all know that someone who is highly intoxicated is not in their right mind or able to function properly.

For Bolton to have killed Carmen in this way and not even realised that he'd hit her with his vehicle, let alone killed her, he must have been very highly intoxicated indeed.

I know we are all responsible for the choices we make but alcohol grossly gets in the way of this and usually has an adverse outcome - in this case, the death of Carmen and families torn apart.

I strongly believe the ''liquor outlet'' who served Hogan Bolton his final incapacitating drinks should be brought to justice and made an example of.



- Taranaki Daily News

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

Here are some of the New Zealand Liquor Licensing Authority decisions that relate to Palmerston North area where "pre-loading" was surveyed in recent times and gives an indication of those that have had there Liquor Licenses questioned for whatever reason.

It is time for more accountability on the License holders part.

Are some of these people really "fit and proper persons" to be holding ongoing licenses?

Or has there been far too much "rubber stamping"?

Palmerston North

And from New Plymouth where the death of Carmen Rogers happened.

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 04:03 PM

From a country in Europe.

Under-age students marked with wrist bands to stop them drinking

Wednesday 13 August 2014


New students are being given coloured wrist bands to wear during the introductory week in their new city to indicate they are under the legal age for alcohol.

In August, thousands of students arrive in the city where they will attend university and are taken on introductory outings to get to know their new surroundings.

These outings involve alcohol and to ensure the younger students do not break the law on under-age drinking, the organisers of the events will issue them with wrist bands in a particular colour.

Students over the legal age will wear wrist bands in a different colour.

The legal drinking age was raised from 16 to 18 on January 1.

If an under-age student is caught with alcohol, the wrist band will be cut through and the student not allowed to attend any more events.

- See more at: http://www.dutchnews...h.CdYuEM5j.dpuf

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