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Watch: Safer Communities Together – preventing alcohol sales to minors

Published: 19 August 2019

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Meet the team who prevent alcohol sales to minors

While the iconic “always blow on the pie” advice from NZ Police maybe famous, their covert missions to prevent alcohol sales to minors aren’t.

In the spirit of ‘Safer Communities Together’, NZ Police’s Alcohol Harm Prevention team and Auckland Council alcohol licensing inspectors are regularly out and about checking that licensed premises are sticking to rules within the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

This year alone, their Controlled Purchase Operations have completed over 140 checks to on and off-license premises across Auckland, resulting in 25 occasions where licensees have sold alcohol to minors.

Sergeant Morgan de la Rue says Controlled Purchase Operations are extremely important for the safety of minors and the community.

“It’s one small part of a big picture in relation to alcohol harm prevention.

“If we stop doing these types of operations then there will be the temptation for liquor outlets to start selling to minors, or not be as vigilant in asking for identification which does have a negative flow-on effect into the community.”

Alcohol licensing inspector Nathan Tanevesi is proud to serve Aucklanders by helping to keep our youth and our communities safe.

“What I enjoy about my job the most is the positive impact we have on Auckland’s society in terms of preventing underage drinking and ensuring the wider community is safe as well.

"Strong collaboration between the council and NZ Police means we are helping licensees and duty managers realise the importance of their responsibilities to the community."

Watch NZ Police and Auckland Council alcohol licensing inspectors working together to keep our communities safe from alcohol-related harm.

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