Central Leader : January 19th 2011
19 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 19, 2011 NEWS Gillies Avenue will be closed between the Southern Motorway on and off ramps over Auckland Anniversary Weekend: 29-31 January. The closure is required to remove the old motorway lanes directly above - part of stage 2 of the Newmarket Connection: Viaduct Replacement Project. Motorway access to/from Newmarket will still be possible, however Auckland Airport and through traffic should follow marked detours along the motorway. The NZTA apologises for any inconvenience and thanks all affected businesses, residents and motorists for their patience and support. 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Plus a great selection of local and international wines, beers, and cider, and entertainment for young and old. Tickets are just $15, and kids under 13 are free! To book or find out more, go to aucklandseafoodfestival.co.nz DON'T MISS OUT -- TICKETS ONLY $15!* *No additional booking fee. AFM0246/20x4 NEW VENUE! Now in the Viaduct beside the Maritime Museum www.aucklandseafoodfestival.co.nz Have your say on booze reform bill By MICHELLE COOKE WHAT IT WOULD MEAN These are some of the government's proposals in its Alcohol Reform Bill: A split purchase age of 18 for on-licences and 20 for off-licences. This means 18-year-olds would only be allowed to drink in bars and clubs and would not be able to buy alcohol from supermarkets or liquor stores. Restricting RTD alcohol content to 5 percent. Making it an offence for anyone other than a parent or guardian to provide alcohol to an under 18-year-old without a parent or guardian's consent. Enabling communities to adopt a local alcohol policy that could determine the concentration, location and hours of alcohol outlets in their area. Imposing maximum operating hours between 7am and 11pm for off-licences and 8am to 4am for on-licences. Improving public education and treatment services for people with dependency issues. There s one month left to have your say on major proposed changes to liquor legislation. The government is calling for submissions on its Alcohol Reform Bill, which had its first reading passed in Parlia- ment in November. Suggestions include changes to the legal drinking age, the alcohol content in RTDs and alcohol outlets trading hours. Thousands of people are expected to make written and oral submissions on the bill, which is the first major alcohol-related legis- lation since the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act. Alcohol Healthwatch health promotion adviser Christine Rogan says the submission process is a once in a generation opportunity . For any citizen who has a concern about their community s wellbeing and access to alcohol now is the time to be heard, she says. Ms Rogan encourages people to make a sub- mission on what is proposed but also on what hasn t been proposed. She says the govern- ment had the oppor- tunity to propose an increase on excise tax on alcohol, lower the blood- alcohol limit for drivers and impose greater restrictions on price and marketing. It s important to get the message across that there is more the govern- ment should be doing and that they didn t go far enough. A select committee will assess the government s proposals and the pub- lic s submissions and respond to Parliament with its recommenda- tions in May. Parties will then vote on the recommendations and Justice Minister Simon Power says they should be law by the end of the year. MPs will vote indi- vidually on the proposal of a split purchase age. When considered in sum, the changes con- tained in the bill will fundamentally change the way our drinking is regulated, Mr Power said in a speech addressed to an Alcohol Healthwatch forum. Alcohol-related harm costs the government as much as $1.2 billion a year and alcohol is implicated in 30 percent of all police recorded offences, he said. But I recognise that alcohol s tentacles reach further than that. It impacts on our work- place productivity, our injury rate, our road toll and our general health. Go to www.parliament. govt.nz or www.ahw.org.nz to find out more about the bill or to make a submission. Submissions close on February 18.
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