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Local alcohol policies 'must be made compulsory'

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New Zealand First says the Government must make it compulsory for every district and city council to adopt local alcohol policies.

Justice spokesperson Denis O’Rourke says the Government has bowed to commercial interests by not forcing territorial authorities to adopt alcohol policies as part of the Alcohol Reform Bill.

"We recognise that there are many competing interests in alcohol policy which will vary between districts.

"But community concerns are being side-lined and the necessary balance of interests will not be achievable unless these policies are mandatory."

Mr O’Rourke says Kiwi holiday hotspots such as Mt Maunganui, Wanaka and Queenstown are in clear need of compulsory alcohol policies.

"These locations have special considerations to deal with because of the sheer scale of visitors they attract for big celebration days such as New Year’s Eve.

"New Zealand First will be pushing for the introduction of mandatory alcohol polices for all districts during the remaining debate on the Bill," says Mr O’Rourke.

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