Kids in South Auckland can afford to buy twice as much alcohol as “less deprived” areas but it is not their fault – or the fault of their parents. The children HAVE to do it. According to a public health worker on alcohol issues for Otara Health, Poutoa Papali’i:
“Young people in New Zealand already didn’t need a reason to drink but South Auckland family dysfunction, neglect, not being in school or having a job, poor health, binge drinking parents, sub-standard housing were issues that drove drinking.”
“Poverty is what we’re really talking about,” he said.
It is also the fault of the sellers, apparently:
“Otara is notorious for the amount of liquor shops we have.”
“There’s a lot of people who don’t have any social conscience at all – it’s all about the profit.”
Why has the word responsibility gone out of the language for parents and families in parts of NZ?