Ten district and city councils have taken steps to enforce
further controls on retailers of psychoactive substances.
However, Otago's councils are not among them.
The Psychoactive Substances Act allows territorial
authorities to control the location of retailers within their
districts by introducing a local approved products policy
The policies can control where retailers operate by excluding
them from certain areas, and preventing them from operating
near community facilities and other retailers.
Three councils - Napier City, Hastings District and Tasman
District - have implemented Lapps, while a further seven
councils have their policies out for consultation.
Dunedin City Council liquor licensing and project officer
Kevin Mechen said the council would be developing a policy
''sooner rather than later''.
He was in the ''information gathering stage'' and was
''trying to identify how harmful this stuff is in the
community'' and determining locations which were
inappropriate for retailers, he said.
He would not be drawn on when the policy might be developed,
but emphasised ''it will be sooner rather than later''.
Central Otago District Council planning and environment
manager Louise van der Voort said the council was yet to
decide whether it would have a policy. However, a report
would go to the council later in the year.
Queenstown Lakes District Council regulatory manager Lee
Webster said it was ''something the council would look at
eventually'', but it was ''not one of the priorities'' at
The Waitaki District Council had not decided whether to
develop a policy and a Clutha District Council spokesman said
the council was not ''developing any policy in relation to
this, nor does it have any plans to at this stage''.
Councils developing local approved product policies.
In effect: Hastings District, Napier City and Tasman
Out for consultation: Hamilton City, Hutt City,
Matamata-Piako District, Nelson City, Palmerston North City,
Waikato District and Waipa District.