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Latest Controlled Purchase Operation brings a mixed result

Northland DHB and NZ Police staff are puzzled by the mixed results from two Controlled Purchase Operations conducted at licensed premises throughout Northland.

The operations saw underage volunteers, aged 16 and 17 years, attempt to purchase alcohol from licensed premises in the Mid North and Kaipara areas.  A pleasing result from the Mid North operations with NO sales from the 15 outlets tested, however the TWO sales from the 19 outlets in the Kaipara are still two too many.

Senior Constable Graeme WRIGHT, Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer, Kerikeri Police said, “This is another excellent result from the 15 premises tested in the Mid North.   This is the third operation carried out in the Mid and Far North this year resulting in NO SALES.  The licensed premises tested had very good systems in place and asked for identification on every occasion.  In the last twelve months, only one licensed premises in the Mid and Far North region has sold alcohol to our young people.  I am very encouraged by this.  It demonstrates that our off-licensed premises are responsible holders of a liquor license and therefore protecting the young people in the communities they operate in”.

Sergeant Howard CLEMENT, Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer, Whangarei Police said, “The Kaipara result is disappointing. While an operation carried out in Kaipara in April 2016 resulted in no sales, the previous operation carried out in Sep 2015 also resulted in TWO sales. I cannot stress strongly enough, holders of a liquor license should ask for identification if they are in doubt of the age of a customer.  If identification is produced, the licensee must verify the correct age before making a sale. I do not expect that sales of alcohol should be occurring. As a community, we need to have confidence that license holders will not sell alcohol to our youth.”

Controlled Purchase Operations (CPOs) are part of an ongoing programme to assess compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 in an effort to address access to alcohol by minors.



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