People who might enjoy a late-evening drink along Lake
Wanaka's foreshore will be out of luck if a police proposal
gets the backing of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
This week Wanaka constable Mike Thomas presented the Wanaka
Community Board with a proposal to change the boundaries of
the liquor-ban area in the town.
The "minor changes" would bring into the liquor-ban area a
long stretch of the Wanaka foreshore, as well as the Wanaka
marina, yacht club and nearby Lismore Park and Eely Point
Constable Thomas told the meeting "occurrences" at the marina
and in the reserves were predominately related to alcohol but
police had no powers to remove alcohol from the public there.
The offences reported in these areas since December 2009
included offensive behaviour (2), consuming cannabis (1),
wilful damage (6), threatening behaviour (1), theft from a
car (1) and arson (1).
Wanaka Yacht Club commodore Geoff Dickie said he would be
"watching closely" to see how the proposal might affect the
club, but as the ban would apply from 10pm, except on certain
occasions, he considered it "shouldn't" concern them.
"We are fairly cautious and we don't generally have much
going on in the public area. We're too busy sailing."
Mr Dickie was interested to know whether the ban would apply
"on the water" or just "on the hard".
"It certainly needs to be talked about."
The changes would also affect the New Year practice of people
carrying and consuming alcohol as they walked along Lakeside
Constable Thomas said the size of the area covered by the ban
would not increase because the proposal took the Wanaka golf
course and Meadowstone and Stone St residential areas out of
the liquor-ban area, as they did not feature in offending
related to alcohol.
Since the bylaw was introduced on December 1, 2009, police
had arrested 40 offenders.
Constable Thomas said, however, arrests were declining.
For the new boundaries to come into effect, the council would
need to change its "control of liquor in public places"
The proposed "reallocation" of the liquor ban area would
• The whole of the Lake Wanaka foreshore from Sunrise
Bay/Edgewater to Bremner Bay.
• The area from the foreshore to a boundary including
McDougall and Tenby Sts, Stratford Tce, Ballantyne Rd,
Macpherson St, State Highway 84, Anderson and Plantation Rds,
Beaumont St, part of Lismore St and Beacon Point Rd and