Tariana Turia, MP for Te Tai Hau?uru has expressed disappointment in the granting of another liquor license to Sai Liquor wholesale in Whanganui, and is calling for a social impact analysis of alcohol to measure the impact on the fast expansion of liquor outlets in the town.
"We have had four alcohol shops granted licences, and opened in Whanganui in the last twelve months, and I am very concerned at the impact this will have on our community" said Mrs Turia.
"I am particularly concerned with Sai Liquor Wholesalers, who have recently been granted a temporary licence to operate out of the Castlecliff Hotel. As I understand it, this particular operator was denied a liquor licence in New Plymouth."
"The licensees contribute nothing to the social cohesion of our communities. They focus on profit, at the expense of our families, and I am concerned that their sale of low or below cost RTD drinks are targeted at our young people."
"Alcohol has been linked to a wide range of social problems including family violence, criminal offences, and health problems. I am concerned and worried that more alcohol available in our communities will equate to more unrest in our community. That is why the Maori Party always describes alcohol misuse and abuse as a 'social hazard' - it is hazardous to our health; our economy; our social stability; and our wh?nau wellbeing."
"Whanganui does not need these outlets, and I am disappointed that so many licences have been given out within such a small timeframe."
"What we need is a social impact analysis to determine the effects of the fast expansion of liquor outlets in our community."
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