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Kapiti liquor outlets all refuse drinks to minors

Kapiti Police say they  are pleased with the results of a recent controlled-purchase operation where all premises visited  refused to sell alcohol to the underage volunteers.

Sergeant Jacquie Muir of the Kapiti Police says the joint operation involving the KCDC licensing inspector, Regional Public Health and Police visited 17 off-license premises and one on-license premises between Waikanae and Paekakariki.

Two under-age girls tried to buy liquor, but were turned down at all the premises.

Sergeant Muir says that, with the holiday season approaching fast, it’s important for all agencies, including licensees, to work together to reduce the harm alcohol causes in our community.

Sgt Muir ‘delighted’

Sgt Muir says:”I’m delighted to say that on all occasions licensees refused to sell alcohol to our two 15-year-old female volunteers.

“It was great to see that all on and off-licensed premises are being responsible when it comes to meeting their obligations under the Sale of Liquor Act.”

She adds: “It’s really important that these high standards continue throughout the festive season, at a time when young people are at greater risk of placing themselves in potentially dangerous situations, due to their inability to look after themselves when under the influence of alcohol.”

Bad situation in July

But in July this year, Kapiti Police said they were disappointed with the results of a combined controlled purchase operation (CPO) where more than half of the premises visited in Kapiti and Otaki sold alcohol to minors.

The CPO was run jointly by the Kapiti Coast District Council, Regional Public Health and Police from Kapiti and Otaki.

Sergeant Jacquie Muir of Kapiti Police said eight off-licenses and two on-licenses were visited during the operation, with six premises selling alcohol to two volunteers, aged 16 and 17 years.