December 13, 2012
Alcohol law change brings little joy on streets
Māori wardens fear changes to the liquor laws will be of little help in their mission to promote safe whānau and sensible use of alcohol.
The Government has been accused of watering down recommendations from the Law Commission in response to lobbying from liquor firms and the hospitality industry.
Thomas Henry from the South Auckland Māori Wardens says wardens have been working with the Alcohol Advisory Council and other organisations to fight the proliferation of liquor outlets in low income communities.
He says while there is some provision for more consultation, the lawmakers failed to tackle major issues like the marketing of alcohol to young people.
“You know it's sad what we come across out there in South Auckland regards to binge drinking and the age group is getting younger. There are so much different brands that are coming out that young ones are getting very attached to”. She says.
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