A top Queenstown policewoman has praised the behaviour of revellers at a ``Crate Day'' party after a temporary liquor ban was introduced to avoid drunken gatherings.
Serving intoxicated gang members, overloading its venue and not having appropriate security are some accusations made against an Octagon bar as police called into question its suitability for a liquor licence.
After poring over thousands of submissions, Dunedin city councillors will today decide what to include in a controversial proposal aimed at curbing alcohol-related harm.
The days of prominent displays of alcohol near the entrance to two major Dunedin supermarkets may be numbered as health and licensing authorities oppose the renewal of their off-licences.
Solutions to New Zealand's binge-drinking culture problem and ways to reduce alcohol-related offending are being ignored by politicians, a Dunedin audience heard this week.
Alcohol is the cause of more than one in 20 deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80 and a major cause of breast cancer, University of Otago research has found.
Synthetic cannabis has been much in the public spotlight recently, as increasingly disturbing stories about its negative effects have been related by health professionals, police, parents and users themselves.
The Czech Republic has indefinitely banned all sales of liquor with more than 20 percent alcohol after 19 people died from drinking bootleg vodka and rum containing poisonous methanol.
Parliament's decision to keep the age at which alcohol can be bought at 18 has been described by the University of Otago's head of preventive and social medicine as a lost opportunity and "profoundly disappointing".
Nearly a quarter of Dunedin bars and alcohol retailers targeted in controlled purchase operations last year failed the test, the Dunedin City Council says.
One in three New Zealanders say they have been harmed by their own drinking of alcohol, a survey says.
The Government no longer plans to restrict the sale and strength of "ready-to-drink" beverages and will let the liquor industry set its own rules for the sweetened alcoholic drinks.
Health professionals have told the Government that allowing the sale of alcohol while ruling out potentially less-damaging "legal highs" is farcical.
A new position statement on alcohol failed to include education as a solution to alcohol abuse, Southern District Health Board member Kaye Crowther says. Endorsed by the DHB yesterday, the position statement was created in partnership with all South Island DHBs.
The University of Otago is not opposed to more "student-focused pubs" in North Dunedin as long as they abide by the law and do not serve drunks, vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.
Liquor industry executives have met Justice Minister Judith Collins and urged her to quash a law change that will ban the sale of high-strength "alcopops" in bottle stores.
Parents who drink too much can have a disastrous impact on their children, from neglecting basic needs to causing life-long physical harm, says Children's Commissioner John Angus.
Deputy police commissioner Mike Bush says New Zealanders should be "acknowledged and congratulated" for their responsibility with alcohol and driving before New Year celebrations.
The Commerce Commission has ordered the operators of the Night'n Day shop in the Octagon to remove, or cover, alcohol advertisements on the windows until the shop has a liquor licence.
Not completing research which shows a majority of respondents favoured stricter alcohol controls constitutes a manipulation of the political process, says Prof Jennie Connor, head of preventive and social medicine at the University of Otago.