Hibiscus and Bays Local Board have put in place a temporary alcohol ban on 2 and 3 December to cover beach, foreshore and adjoining reserves from Hatfields to Arkles Bay including the Whangaparāoa Peninsula.
The 48-hour alcohol ban is in response to a request from NZ Police, who have had to respond to issues caused by unofficial Crate Day celebrations held in previous years in public parks on the Hibiscus Coast.
NZ Police and the local board have tried different approaches to keep attendees at Crate Day and neighbouring residents safe.
But despite those efforts, excessive alcohol consumption, injury, crime, destruction of property and extensive litter has occurred in public parks where the event has been held.
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Julia Parfitt says that early intervention is required to keep people safe and stop the damage and destruction of property.
“Someone nearly died last year. The excessive drinking culture that is encouraged at this type of event makes it an extremely dangerous place to be.
“The event has none of the usual safeguards that are in place at other events as it is unofficial and unpermitted. It’s promoted through social media so any number of people can turn up and the event can be moved easily to any location.
“This year police will be able to act early to stop any incidents at locations where the temporary ban is in place.
"We hope that the message goes out far and wide and that people be responsible and celebrate at home this year.”
Signs advising the public of the temporary alcohol ban will be installed at all the affected locations. During the summer months there are already alcohol bans in place at night at most of these locations.