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24-hour liquor ban
plan for Mission Bay
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
Police are floating the idea of a
24-hour liquor ban in Mission Bay in
an attempt to discourage drunken
Mission Bay community constable
Todd Martin is speaking to residents
and business owners about the possi-
bility of a complete alcohol ban cover-
ing the beach and Selwyn Reserve.
Eastern area alcohol harm reduction
officer sergeant Chris Lally is sound-
ing out the idea of a 24-hour ban for
the Mission Bay town centre.
Mr Lally says a complete ban on
drinking in the town centre would
bring Mission Bay in line with most of
the other town centres in the old Auck-
land City Council area, including St
Heliers and Auckland s CBD.
It would not affect outdoor liquor
licences held by businesses and would
not stop residents walking to dinner
carrying a bottle of wine.
It would help mitigate youth
drinking and any other problems, he
He is preparing a survey to be given
to residents and business owners.
If they are not supportive of the pro-
posal, other ways of dealing with the
problem will be found.
There s no silver bullet. The more
tools we have the better, Mr Lally
Mr Martin is supportive of a town
centre alcohol ban but says the real
problem area for him is the beach and
We ve got a real problem with kids
getting drunk down here. Mission Bay
is traditionally a spot for students to
congregate after exams, he says. The
situation s got worse and a liquor ban
is just a tool to help remove people
from the area who are drinking
Police increased their presence in
the area at the end of exams last year
to try and prevent mass brawls
happening between students (East &
Bays Courier, December 2).
I m only really doing it to make
sure the area stays safe and an
attractive place to be, Mr Martin
Mark Goldstine, chairman of the
Mission Bay Business Association and
owner of Mission Bay Cafe, does not
support a 24-hour liquor ban for the
beach and reserve.
I don t think that as a business
association we are convinced that a
24/7 liquor ban is required or is going
to solve the problem there.
Mr Goldstine says the business
association fully supports police efforts
to keep the area safe and enjoyable but
would like to see other options
He says enhancing police powers,
having more police patrol the area or
installing security cameras and extra
lighting could be just as effective.
Mission Bay/Kohimarama Residents
Association secretary Ron Hamilton
says he s received a mixed response
An Auckland Council spokesperson
says once the police have put together
a formal request it will be passed
through to the policy team for review
and be referred to the Orakei Local
Board who will make a recommen-
dation to the regulatory and bylaws
committee for a final decision.
What do you think? Write to us: The
Editor, East & Bays Courier, Private Bag
92815, Penrose or email
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