Hundreds of people were arrested and charged with
alcohol-related offences over the weekend during a
trans-Tasman police operation.
The joint initiative, Operation Unite, was conducted on
Friday and yesterday and was a collaboration of Police
Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand.
Police said the intention of the operation was to highlight
the implications associated with alcohol misuse in public,
including crime and anti-social behaviour, and health and
A spokeswoman said more than 700 New Zealand police staff
took part in Operation Unite on Friday night and more than
800 were involved last night.
Police checked licensed premises and party venues, carried
out foot patrols, and had compulsory breath testing
More than 400 arrests were made across New Zealand and more
than 300 people will be prosecuted for drink driving
Northland Road Policing Manager Inspector Murray Hodson said
at least a third of recorded violence offences and family
violence incidents in 2009/10 were committed where the
offender had consumed alcohol prior to committing the
"Alcohol is also a significant factor in public disorder
offences and fatal or serious injury crashes.
"This is unacceptable and there are many people in our
communities suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse."
Mr Hodson said young people continued to be a high risk group
around alcohol, often preloading on cheap drinks before
heading into town where they became potential victims and
The weekend's operation was the sixth time it had taken
In 2010, the initiative was conducted over just a 12 hour
period. Of the 31,777 drivers stopped in New Zealand, 200
were found to be driving with an excess blood alcohol level.
In 2009, over a two-day period, there were 349 arrests in New
Zealand for alcohol-related offending, and 312 for drunk
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ