Waiheke Marketplace : January 12th 2011
2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 12, 2011 NEWS Editor George Gardner editor @waihekemarketplace.co.nz Reporters Gill Alcock news2@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Jerome Gavelle firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndal Jefferies lyndaljefferies@gmail com Sales Managers Gail Hughes sales@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Vivienne Picard info@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Graphics Megan Clark graphics@ waihekemarketplace co nz Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady classifieds@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz accounts@ waihekemarketplace co nz 5,921 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday) to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, New World in College Hill & Devonport Library. Ph 09 372 9231 After Hours News Hotline: Ph 027 230 3103 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz No businesses sell to underaged Strict reputation: Authorities are impressed with bars and restaurants such as Charlie Farley's, which refuse to serve under-age drinkers, but young people are still getting their hands on alcohol, according Youth Attitude to Alcohol member Hera Mohns. By GEORGE GARDNER ' It's great to see businesses on the island doing the right thing. ' -- Carole Todd While businesses passed an under- cover test of liquor sales with flying colours warnings are going out that youth are still drinking. Police and liquor licensing inspectors visited 13 businesses on the island over the holiday season for a controlled purchase operation using underage volunteers to see if they would be served alcohol. Auckland Council manager licensing and compliance Carole Todd says Waiheke set the bar high with a 100 percent pass rate, citing it as very rare''. It's great to see businesses doing the right thing, particularly as it's a seasonal place with the temptation to cash in on big summer crowds. It sets a good example to the rest of Auckland,'' Ms Todd says. The operation is overseen by the police, with council officers as observers and support. She says volunteers used in the operation were over 16, but under 18, and visibly underage. The aim is not to make them look older and fool staff into serving alcohol. The aim is to test the res- ponsibility of licensees and staff in checking those who look visibly underage, to see if they ask for ID, and if none is produced, whether they still sell them alcohol. Any business that sells alcohol to a minor can face prosecution,'' Ms Todd says. Co-owner of Charlie Farley's res- taurant and bar in Onetangi, Helen Carter, says she was unaware of the undercover operation and is delighted, but not surprised, at the result. Waiheke has had a bad repu- tation in the past for irresponsible under-agers as well as drink- driving. We have taken that very seriously here, as a family- orientated restaurant. We used to have heaps of underage drinkers trying it on, but that's stopped now. You earn a reputation of being very strict and we like that reputation.'' But Youth Attitude to Alcohol group member Hera Mohns says while it's good news liquor outlets are being responsible hosts, teenagers are still drinking. I'm really pleased to hear the results, but the question now is where do our young people get the alcohol from? If it's not the outlets, it's still coming from somewhere.'' Spate of drink drivers caught over holidays Christmas crash: Police say the driver of this crashed car was more than twice the legal breath-alcohol limit. DRINK DRIVERS 2010: 154 2009: 168 2008: 129 2007: 92 Police caught a number of drink drivers over the festive period with one involving a car crash. Officers located the 25-year-old Onetangi man on December 23 after he had crashed his vehicle on Onetangi Rd. His breath alcohol level was 824mcg, more than twice the legal limit. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle carelessly. His licence was suspended immediately for 28 days because his recorded level was over 650mcg. On Boxing Day a 27-year-old woman from Dargaville was stopped and breathalysed on Ocean View Rd. Her breath alcohol level was 671mcg. Her licence was suspended immediately for 28 days because her recorded level was over 650mcg. The following day an 18-year-old woman from Ostend was stopped and breathalysed on Wilma Rd. Her breath alcohol level was 288mcg. The legal limit for drivers under 20 is 150mcg. A 27-year-old woman from Ostend was also stopped and breath- alysed on Crescent Rd East, and was taken to the police station where she refused subsequent evidential breath and blood tests. Her licence was suspended immedi- ately for 28 days, her vehicle was impounded and she was arrested for refusing the officer's request for a blood sample. On New Year's Eve, a 29-year-old man from Germany was stopped and breathalysed on Onetangi Rd. He had been brought to the police's attention as he had been driving on the wrong side of the road. His breath alcohol level was 559mcg. On New Year's Day, a 27-year-old man from Mt Roskill was stopped and breathalysed on Cause- way Rd. His breath alcohol level was 1010mcg -- over two and a half times the legal limit. He was also a dis- qualified driver. On January 8, a 19-year-old man was stopped and breath- alysed on Causeway Rd. He opted to have a blood test, the results of which are still pending. The same day saw a 46-year- old man also stopped and breathalysed on Cause- way Rd. His breath alcohol level was 584mcg. Lost and found The public has handed in found property to police. These include cameras, wallets, ipods -- one with the name Colin -- and a purse full of keys. The items are at the station on Oceanview Rd, Oneroa. Police busy with 11 arrests The Christmas and New Year period saw 11 arrests. On December 21, a 57-year-old Ostend man was arrested for cultivating cannabis. The same afternoon an 18-year-old Waiheke man was apprehended for pos- session of cannabis utensils. The following day, a 65-year-old man from Surfdale was arrested for wilful damage and a 52-year- old man from Ostend was arrested for threatening language. On Boxing Day, a 41-year-old Surfdale man was arrested for theft after stealing a bag on Oneroa Beach. December 30 saw a 28-year-old Surfdale man arrested for assaulting a woman. On New Year's Day, a 39-year- old woman from Surfdale was apprehended for obtaining by deception and using a document. January 4 saw a 41-year-old Surfdale man arrested for breaching his bail conditions. On January 3, a 44-year-old man from Stanmore Bay was arrested for being unlawfully on a prop- erty. On January 5, a 21-year-old Surfdale man was arrested for breaching his bail condition, a 47-year-old Ostend man for forg- ing a cheque, and a 41-year-old man for shoplifting. January 7 saw a 19-year-old Onetangi man arrested on a recall warrant.
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