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Tougher booze laws
By LIZ WILLIS
GREATER power to influence
where and how alcohol is sold is
now in the hands of residents and
the Auckland Council will seek
views from the community and
the liquor industry.
Shore councillor George Wood
describes the changes to the
alcohol act as the most compre-
hensive changes in liquor licens-
ing in New Zealand since the
changes when 6pm closing was
abolished in the 1960s .
Mr Wood chairs the council s
Community Safety Forum that is
helping form a new local alcohol
policy. The policy can restrict or
extend maximum opening hours,
limit the location of licences, con-
trol the density of premises and
impose conditions on licences.
The new liquor licensing pro-
cess encourages local decision-
making and the council will set up
district licensing committees to do
this, Mr Wood says.
Other changes, he says, include:
Ability of communities to set
trading hours through the
development of a local alcohol pol-
icy for both on-licences (res-
taurants, cafes, bars and taverns)
and off-licences (local liquor shops
and large outlets). The legislation
prescribes that if no local hours
are set then clubs, cafes and bars
operating through the night must
close by 4am.
More restrictive off-licence cri-
teria, including numbers of out-
lets permitted in communities
and where they can and can t be
Creation of conditions on licen-
ces including the implementation
of one-way door conditions on
taverns and bars after certain
Strengthening the rules about
the types of stores eligible to sell
alcohol and restricting supermar-
kets and grocery stores to dis-
playing alcohol in a single area.
Self-funding licensing fees and
greater sanctions against
operators who are persistent non
compliers of the licensing laws.
The council aims to have the
alcohol policy completed for intro-
duction by December 18.
We would have liked the
ability to make these changes
sooner than proposed in the new
Auckland Council has a com-
prehensive understanding of the
issues having completed a Local
Alcohol Policy Research Report in
The new act has been a long
time in the making but now it is
important that Auckland emb-
races the changes.
Adventurous Amy on
African mercy mission
Volunteer adventure: Former Rangitoto College student Amy Cleary, 24, was
working as a volunteer nurse on board hospital ship the Africa Mercy in Conakry,
Go to northharbour
news. co.nz to see Mercy
Ships volunteer nurses at
work in Africa.
Volunteer nurse Amy Cleary, 24,
says she is a changed person now
she has returned from six months
on board a hospital ship in West
The former Rangitoto College
student lived on the Africa Mercy in
Conakry, Guinea, in what was her
second three-month stint with
humanitarian organisation Mercy
Mercy Ships New Zealand is part
of a global network providing aid
and health care to people in poverty.
After graduating from AUT Miss
Cleary spent two years in the ortho-
paedic ward at Starship children s
hospital before taking up her first
voluntary mission in Togo.
I quite often feel like I m receiv-
ing more than I am giving, she
The ship Africa Mercy contains
six operating theatres, an intensive
care ward and a low dependency
ward with a total of 78 beds.
Miss Cleary shared a room with
six others who provided a variety of
free services including surgery, den-
tal care, eye care and training
Many of the patients have been
neglected or alienated as a result of
their conditions, she says.
Whether it be a large facial
tumour, a cleft lip on a 25-year-old
or legs that bend the wrong way,
these patients come to us broken
Physically we do our best to fix
the abnormality, but more import-
antly we get the opportunity to love
them and start the process of heal-
Even on her days off, Miss Cleary
says she enjoyed spending time with
We dance together, we cry
together, we paint their nails and
love them in every way we can.
As she approached the end of her
adventure, Miss Cleary says the
ship began to feel like a home away
The spirit of the African people,
she says, will also stick with her.
State-of-the-art labs heralded
survey the new
before the blessing
ceremony at the
A dawn ceremony blessing the
new Student Central Science
Labs was held at Massey Univer-
sity s Albany campus last week.
The blessing was led by Haahi
Walker, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara
kaumatua, with support from his
daughter Rita and Independent
Maori Statutory Board member
Glenn Willcox, and included a
tour through the two-storey build-
Institute of Natural and Math-
ematical Sciences head Professor
Gaven Martin says the new labs
will provide a great environment
for undergraduate science
students to learn in.
These facilities are state-of-
the-art and will support Massey s
many innovative programmes
both in the new College of Health
and in the College of Sciences --
it s just great space and staff are
really looking forward to getting
in there and getting going. It s a
great way to start the year, he
The new labs back on to the
original Student Central building,
officially opened in March 2012.
The entire facility, with the
addition of the labs, cost just over
$21 million and it s an investment
Professor Martin says is essential
to support the growing Albany
The ground floor houses three
physics teaching labs and an
equipment room, with one lab
able to be transformed into a com-
pletely dark environment for
The second level has four
biology labs with moveable walls
to allow for changes in class sizes,
and includes the latest ventilation
technology and in-room bio-
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