NZ Herald Jun 29, 2010
One of the highest-powered delegations ever to petition Parliament plans to speak out at the Beehive tomorrow in support of tougher drinking laws. Three knights and two dames, including two former Governors-General, will be joined by three archbishops, leaders of the Maori and Pacific communities and sports icons in a call to raise the drinking age, raise alcohol prices and implement other recommendations from a recent Law Commission report. They also want MPs to abandon their traditional “conscience vote” on liquor issues so the Law Commission’s proposals can be implemented as a consistent package. Sir Paul Reeves, the former Governor-General who convened the group, said the 14 members shared general public concerns about New Zealand’s binge-drinking culture. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10655141b
Children’s Commissioner seek liquor law change
Otago Daily Times 1 July 2010
Child abuse by drunken parents is being raised in support of a call by a group of leading New Zealanders for the Government to take a strong stance on liquor law reform. Children’s Commissioner John Angus says alcohol abuse fuels violence in homes around the country, with children either direct victims or witnesses to it.