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Temporary alcohol ban at Hibiscus Coast beaches and reserves

Published: 22 November 2019

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48-hour alcohol ban in Hibiscus Coast parks on 7-8 December

A temporary alcohol ban to cover beaches, foreshore and adjoining reserves from Waiwera to Arkles Bay will be in place on 7 and 8 December.

NZ Police asked Hibiscus and Bay Local Board for the 48-hour alcohol ban in response to the crime and disorder that occurred during previous Crate Day celebrations held on the Hibiscus Coast.

Excessive alcohol consumption, injury, crime, destruction of property and extensive litter occurred in public parks during 2015 and 2016 events. While a tradition on the coast for many years, the event doesn’t have an event permit or a specific location and can be moved easily to another park using social media.

Despite the best efforts of NZ Police and the local board, the only effective solution has been the 48-hour alcohol ban introduced in 2017 and 2018.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Gary Brown says that the excessive drinking culture encouraged at this event makes it an extremely dangerous place to be.

“Police will be on hand again this year and will act immediately to stop any incidents at locations where the temporary ban is in place. This early intervention is key to protecting people and property.

“We hope that the message goes out far and wide and people decide to have a good time at home with their mates.”

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.

The temporary alcohol ban report was considered under urgency during local body elections to allow enough time to meet the statutory 14-day public notification period. Further details can be found on the council website (see item 18).

Read more: Albany Beaches Parks

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