Len now has booze problems


Some issues really rark up the local populace and one of them is naturally who’s in control of the grog.

Len Brown wants Auckland to be the most liveable city and wants “greater local input into policy development and liquor licensing decisions”.  Problem for Len is that the officials are pushing for only one District Licensing Committee for all of Auckland which is deeply opposed by a number of Local Boards.

Trouble is really brewing as local boards are up-in-arms at this prospect. They want to have local decision makers make the call over liquor licensing in their areas. Manurewa is just one example I’ve heard of via the tip-line.  

Manurewa residents want restricted alcohol trading hours, buffer zones around sensitive sites such as schools and churches where no alcohol licences can be granted, and they want to see fewer liquor stores which can come about by a sinking lid policy.

With the lolly-water RTDs absolutely rife in South Auckland booze stores targeting young kids, they have a very good point.

Councillors voted today, giving Len the keys to the Auckland’s grog cabinet. This decision will incense local communities who are outraged by the hundreds of little booze shops in their patch.

Little did Council officials know that Independent Liquor is having a field-day in these stores, pushing them to have up to 70% of their floor space dedicated to the lolly-water RTDs. If Councillors knew this, then maybe the decision would have been different. But one thing is for sure, there’s more to this story.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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