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Len Brown’s vision for Auckland in tatters

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Cameron Brewer has thrown a hammer smack into the middle of Len Brown’s vision for Auckland to be “the world’s most liveable city”.

Anti-alcohol fanatics have learn’t a thing or two from those anti-tobacco nutters and are pushing Auckland Council to make the city clamp down on mums wanting to buy a few bottles of wine for their evening dinner.

“This policy if adopted will see cordons go up around the alcohol section of every supermarket early in the morning and late at night. Annoying a lot of people, wine and beer will be roped off like we used to have in the old days when you couldn’t buy alcohol from supermarkets on Sundays. It’s ‘back to the future’ stuff,” says Mr Brewer.

“Mum and dad shoppers won’t be able to buy wine or beer with their weekly groceries before 9am and after 10pm. It makes no sense, particularly the morning ban, and such a move will do little to deliver on the intention of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act which is all about minimising alcohol harm. These grocery shoppers are not the problem!”

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Awkward moment for booze boss

As always the team at WOBH enjoy putting the rays of sunlight on issues some people and their companies would rather have hidden in the shadows.

RTD pusher Independent Liquor is one such company facing a raft of problems.

If it’s not the mass-produced liquid panty-remover RTDs favoured by 9 year olds in Hamilton, it’s also under the pump with its retail chain The Mill facing police investigations for selling Vodka onlineto underage kids.  Read more »

Focus coming on RTD manufacturers

Cody's, the preferred drink of weed smoking 9yo maori kids in Hamilton

Cody’s, the preferred drink of weed smoking 9yo maori kids in Hamilton

Today the Herald on Sunday editorial and Kerre McIvor launch into RTD manufacturers.

First up the editorial:

The legislation may need to be revisited to ensure its intentions are clear. Though no parental permission appears to have been given for the supply of alcohol in this instance, the law allowing liquor to be given with parental permission to teenagers below the legal purchasing age may need to include an absolute minimum age for alcohol consumption.

And the sale of canned RTD mixes should be reconsidered too. They are purposely designed for young drinkers. When the law was revised a year ago, the industry was told to voluntarily control these drinks or face regulation. It has set a maximum alcohol content for the cans and banned advertising that appeals to minors.

But sweet drinks in cans will always entice the young. It is time they were banned. Beer, wine, and spirits have a natural child barrier: children by and large do not like them. But potent cocktails are a different proposition for those who are not ready to drink.

The industry says RTDs are giving way to cider among younger adults. It should encourage that trend and phase out RTDs entirely. What better reason does it need than the images of a 9-year-old wasted at a skate park?

That image ought to haunt the liquor industry and legislators for a long time. The video went worldwide and the image may have an impact far beyond New Zealand. The boy, meanwhile, needs help. The police and family services must ensure he receives it.   Read more »

Uncle Bully Syndrome and now the Kahui Defence

The media continue to perpetrate the Uncle Bully Syndrome in the case of the pissed 9 yo maori kid…now they are allowing the mother to use the “Kahui Defence”.

Booze culture in Hamiltion

Booze culture in Hamiltion

The mother of a young Hamilton boy whose drunken antics at a skate park went viral on YouTube has explained how two more of her children were snapped in a photograph holding bottles of beer.  Read more »

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Farrar spruiking for RTD manufacturers?

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Yesterday I posted that the RTD producer of the tipple of choice of Hamilton’s 9 year olds – Independent Liquor has remained tight lipped over the incident.

Saying nothing leaves the void to be filled by others.

Spanishbride said it all;

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The Uncle Bully Syndrome

I have watched with increasing incredulity as the left wing and Maori have rounded on the kid who posted a video of a drunk 9 year old on Youtube and attacked him and his integrity…blaming him for all sorts of crimes in their mind ignoring the fact that there was a 9 year Maori kid drunk in a skate park, clearly without any supervision or anyone remotely interested in his wellbeing.

Tau Henare had a rush of stupid:

Then there was this woman:

Then the left wing apologists like kitchen-ware blogger Russell Brown who was angry that someone was using social media to highlight an issue…which Cactus Kate pointed out he’d spent all day talking about himself. Russell Brown even went on a social media witch hunt against Bradley Goudie taking screenshots of his Facebook.   Read more »

Our Pinko Mate on Socialist Bars

David Farrar interrupts his travel blog to have a sook about police not wanting to waste resources on policing drunken bogans after 3am. The rest of us have to subsidise him and his mates if they want to stay out to 3am boozing.

I wish the Police would stick to their jobs and not try to become like the Mutaween. It is not their job to decide people must stop dancing in town by 3 am.
I’ve often been in town after 3 am. You may be at a function until around 11 pm, and then want to head out with a few friends to carry on talking and drinking. We’re not being rowdy, not drunk, not causing problems – just enjoying some drinks and conversation. On other occasions we may mix that in with some dancing, which you know is legal and okay to do after 3 am.  Read more »

Was it at ‘The Flying Jug’?

A man is in a coma after being hit in the head by a flying beer jug.

A Hamilton man is fighting for his life after a beer jug thrown at him during an arm-wrestling contest knocked him unconscious.

The jug was thrown at the 55-year-old victim as he tried to calm down an argument between two parties to the arm-wrestling contest at the Still Working Bar in Lynden Court, Chartwell.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene says the man appears to have been an innocent victim.   Read more »

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Bright Idea for Independent Liquor?

Isn’t this just dandy. Some clown thinks it’s a great idea to flog off RTDs in a sachet. Let’s see how that works out for them.

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Sachets of alcohol designed to be slipped discreetly into purses and pockets are being sold in liquor stores, alarming police and alcohol-watch groups.

Branded as “Cheeky” and “Sneaky”, the shots are easily concealed, palm-sized alcopops promoted as drinks to carry all the time.

Already banned by some retailers in Britain, they are the cheapest single drink on sale, at just $2.

Looking more like a condom, these 20% alcohol RTDs are being pushed as a new way to score with the ladies. Even their Facebook page is happily promoting them to young girls.  Read more »

Police investigating Independent Liqour’s The Mill

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It’s never a good look for a company to ignore solutions to problems handed to them on a plate – especially from a person they said was a poor parent. But that’s what’s happened.

Big Booze company Independent Liquor copped it in the slats for selling its Red Square Vodka online to kids via it solely owned The Mill outlet.  The Mill’s GM Bevan Seddon told Gavin Holmes that as a parent, he should be responsible for his lying son. Nice work Bevan.

But Gavin Holmes wasn’t done with Independent Liquor. He has come back and thrown the cat among the pigeons by asking them why they don’t adopt a Department of Internal Affairs Initiative to stop kids buying booze online.  Read more »