Piako Post : May 15th 2013
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At the crunch-time'' of 2.13pm, 31 children from Motumaoho were among the thousands of other school students biting into their apples which secured their places as world record holders. Motumaoho principal Justin Bertrand said the event went well and it was really good to see the students eating healthy food. It was a neat opportunity for the school to be a part of. With Motumaoho being the only school from Piako, and a small school at that, we were really happy to help with breaking the record,'' he said. Protest over liquor store plan By STEVE EDWARDS THE FACTS Matamata-Piako District Council received 579 responses to its survey on a Local Alcohol Policy, with 65 per cent favouring its development, while 57.5 per cent said there are too many outlets. Opinions on opening hours were split, while most ''strongly agreed'' that there should be restrictions to establish outlets near schools, churches and playgrounds. Three focus group meetings, organised by the council, have been held involving licensees, industry representatives, health/ social services agencies and the police. Material will be collated and, if the council decides to pursue a policy, a draft document will go out for public consultation. The earliest any local policy could come into affect would be next January. While an application to open another liquor store in Te Aroha's main street has attracted more than 1400 objectors, it will be heard under current regulations which officials admit lack bite. Auckland-based company Sapphire Dreams wants to set up an off-licence in Whitaker St. Managing director Nitin Talwar said Te Aroha is a good little spot'' and he had no problem with the location of the proposed outlet. Speaking to the Piako Post on Monday, he was not worried about the number of existing premises in Te Aroha and, if suc- cessful with the application, planned to have the shop open as soon as possible. He had no knowledge of the petition until contacted by the newspaper but said the public had a right to have a say. That's fine.'' Objections close today and on Monday a petition organised by Te Aroha Com- munity Board had about 1450 signatures. It has been a very positive response,'' board spokesperson Margaret Hunter said. The Piako Post also received a letter from Te Aroha Family Budgeting Services and Te Aroha Drop-In Centre opposing the application. It said, at present there are some 31 liquor outlets, including restaurants and sports clubs, serving a population of about 3500. We urge the people of Te Aroha to support the rejection of the application,'' the letter said. Changes to the Sale of Liquor Act were confirmed by the Government in Decem- ber, but only become law next month. Matamata-Piako District Council group manager community development Den- nis Bellamy said the Te Aroha appli- cation has to be heard under existing legislation. If you object, you need to show grounds. Currently it's not great.'' Mr Bellamy said the number of liquor outlets in an area is not necessarily grounds for an objection under the law as it stands. However, the revised Act allows local councils to create regulations on alcohol accessibility and licensing in their own districts. A Local Alcohol Policy can set rules on the places that sell alcohol, including bot- tle stores, supermarkets and bars. It can also determine where new places that sell alcohol can be located in relation to other facilities including early child- hood centres, sports facilities and com- munity centres or halls. Mr Bellamy said the policy will give council more teeth'' in handling licens- ing applications. Under the current law, overseen by the Liquor Licensing Authority in Welling- ton, an application has never been turned down in Matamata-Piako. However, Sapphire Dreams had an application for an off-licence in Waihi refused by the authority after objections by local police and Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga. In its decision the authority said if the application were granted the risk of alcohol abuse being increased is inevi- table''. Piako Police are bound by case law to object to the Te Aroha application, Sergeant Vic Sneddon said. A date for a hearing by the authority has yet to be set.
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