5 November 2015
There is strong evidence linking the availability of alcohol
with an increase in excessive or inappropriate consumption. Many
local Councils have recognised this link and have elected to use
new powers granted to them by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to
limit outlet density via Local Alcohol Policies.
RACS is concerned that by granting an On-Licence to Wendco, not
only will the availability of alcohol in the Hornby community be
increased, but the sale of alcohol by fast-food restaurants would
become normalised. The will set a dangerous precedent and have
implications for communities across New Zealand.
RACS strongly advocates for three key areas to reduce
alcohol-related harm, summarised by the acronym HOT - for Hours,
Outlets and Taxes. This encompasses a restriction on trading hours,
reduction of outlet density, and application of a stepped