This is exactly why health officials and campaigners need to be held to account in public

The wowsers are out in force and going to ludicrous lengths over the “demon drink”.

Guests at a glamorous fundraising dinner will be served thimble-sized portions of alcohol with each course because of concerns about drink-driving and the ability of female guests to handle their liquor.

What? So these public health officials are imposing arbitrary limits on alcohol to save women from themselves? How condescending.

Wellington chef Martin Bosley, who will prepare food for the event, has labelled the decision by health officials as “ridiculous” and says it could have serious ramifications for other events across the country.

Te Awhina Marae in Motueka will host a seven-course degustation fundraising dinner with Bosley on June 25.

Bosley said the limits were very disappointing.

“Are you syringing it into people’s glasses? It’s just ridiculous” he said.

As a chef, “what we do is about generosity,” Bosley said, adding that the relationship between wine and food was key.

A marae team member, who did not want to be named, said the local Public Health Service health was concerned about drink-driving and the ability of female guests to handle alcohol.

“They didn’t really talk much about the standard drinks for men.”

Which is why it is sexist and condescending.

This was despite the marae hiring at least one bus to shuttle guests who might be travelling from Nelson.

After “protracted negotiations” the marae felt compelled to agree to the 50ml per course limit, the team member said.

It was not clear how the rule would be enforced but serving staff were being trained to serve the tiny amounts.

The Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board and Public Health Service did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Tony Astle, owner-chef at Antoine’s restaurant in Parnell, Auckland, said the 50ml limit was a case of “bureaucracy gone absolutely berserk”.

“It’s ludicrous and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Astle said he would understand some of the concerns if the event was in the “wops” and everybody was driving, and no bus was hired.

He questioned whether “some stupid man in a silly cardigan” would be on standby to measure each serving.

Careful Tony, you might be referring to Doug Sellman and he’s a precious petal and might not like comments like that.

Why do all these health campaigners think they can tell us all how to live?

Unfortunately, with a defamation suit, they are now trying to silence people from expressing opinions about their wonky jihads to save us all.



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