“Until we deal with the binge drinking culture and alcohol abuse in New Zealand, those granting special licences should always err on the side of caution. In this case the interests of children at a school fair are paramount,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“We understand the financial stress that many schools are faced with, but the availability of liquor at a school fair seems an easy way of raising funds from adults rather than ensuring that the focus remains on the interaction of parents and children working and raising funds together.”
“Despite concerns that the recent changes to alcohol laws were weak and failed to respond to the concerns and demands of communities, the new requirements for closer scrutiny of special liquor licence applications and the input of police and health officials are one positive,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“School events involving children should maintain their family-friendly alcohol-free flavour.”