Northern News : November 30th 2011
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Phone 09 407 9293 or visit www.palmco.co.nz Landscape Office, Shop & Display Garden open 10am - 4pm daily at 32 Wiroa Rd, Kerikeri Greener gardens by design HARVIES LANDSCAPE PLANTS 570 Kerikeri Road Ph: 407 1209 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Compost $48 Bulk Supply Free Delivery Kerikeri Only Councillors support ban but with reservation Liquor bans make criminals out of law-abiding people and don't address bad behaviour in the community. That was the message Far North District councillors gave to police last week. Councillors approved a com- munity board request to impose a 24-hour, year-round liquor ban in public areas of central Paihia, where drinking alcohol has been banned at night and 24 hours a day from Boxing Day to February. But not before they expressed reservations about liquor bans. Mayor Wayne Brown was sceptical that banning drinking in public areas reduced alcohol-related crime, because people warned for flouting the bans just drank in other places. I don't want anyone to think I'm soft on bad behav- iour. I just remain to be convinced that this is help- ful.'' He wanted police to combat bad behaviour generally and was disappointed with their handling of a protest occu- pation at a council reserve at Taipa last year. In Brazil, they don't have rules about liquor. They have rules about bad behaviour and they enforce them.'' Monty Knight said guests at a wedding he attended at Taipa Bay Resort were unable to enjoy a glass of bub- bly on the beach because they feared they were breaking the law. A 24-hour liquor ban hadn't prevented youths get- ting drunk and smashing bottles in a council carpark near his shop on Kaitaia's main street, despite the police station being just up the road. Tom Baker said stopping people from enjoying a drink in a public place went against natural justice. Di Maxwell said she was a non-drinker but felt uneasy about supporting further incursions into people's lives by Nanny State''. Deputy mayor Ann Court was a lone voice in support of liquor bans. They are a really good tool for managing people who threaten and intimidate the public out there.'' Far North police alcohol co- ordinator senior constable Graeme Wright said alcohol was a contributing factor to a large percentage of crime. Liquor bans were a quick, effective tool police could use to prevent offending caused by people who gather and drink in public places. I feel I'm having to defend something which is an accepted policy in New Zea- land.'' He estimated that Far North police had arrested 300 people for breaching liquor bans in the past five years. Police had discretionary powers to distinguish between law-abiding people enjoying a glass of wine and those whose drinking might cause them to offend or become a public nuisance. We don't get called about people having a glass of wine on the beach.'' Councillors voted to seek further advice about methods of reducing bad behaviour. G-General calls on marae By EMMA GODWIN The wero (challenge): Governor- General Sir Jerry Mateparae, left, at his powhiri on Otiria Marae. Go to www.northern news.co.nz to view a video of the schoolchildren's performance. IT WAS a proud morning for Moerewa's Otiria Marae as a crowd of more than 100 welcomed new Governor- General Sir Jerry Mateparae to the Far North. Sir Mateparae was sworn in as New Zealand's 20th governor-general in August and Otiria was the first iwi, other than his own, to wel- come him to their marae. Sir Mateparae's arrival was slightly delayed by a protest outside Moerewa School regarding the decision by the Ministry of Education to close its senior secondary class. The road was soon cleared and once the governor-general arrived, the powhiri went off without a hitch. In his speech, Sir Mateparae said he had received many invitations to marae since assuming office but accepted the one from Tai Tokerau Maori Women's Wel- fare League because Maori here played a key role in the first contact between Maori and Pakeha and led negotiations between Maori and the Crown. Ngapuhi is the largest iwi and were instrumental in cre- ating this nation,'' Sir Mateparae said. As the Queen's representative and in my own right I stand here before you today. Ngapuhi lost land and suffered econ- omic and social hardships. But Ngapuhi have played a pivotal role in turning the tide. I wish you well in your settlement negotiations.'' Whakahoro (Sol) Te Whata, of the 28 (Maori) Bat- talion, A Company, and kau- matua and Sir Mateparae's fellow army veteran Wiremu Wiremu were among the dig- nitaries to welcome him. The Leadership Academy of A Company attended with their patron, Te Whata, and schoolchildren from six local schools performed the wel- come under the guidance of Wiremu Wiremu. Sir Mateparae's affiliations are to Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu and he has links to Tuhoe and tribes in the upper Whanganui. He is New Zealand's second governor-general of Maori descent. Sir Mateparae served more than 38 years in the New Zealand Army and is married to Janine. Directors appointed Ken Mair has been appointed by Te Kawai Taumata (the Electoral College) as a director of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited. Sonny Tau, chairman of Ngapuhi Runanga, New Zealand's largest iwi, who is deputy chair of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited, was reappointed. Directors have four-year terms.
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