WDHB acknowledges Whanganui's responsible attitude to alcohol supply

16 December 2015
Two alcohol purchase operations recently conducted with under 18-year-old volunteers have shown that Whanganui premises are acting very responsibly in complying with the laws around the sale of alcohol.
“Of the 34 premises visited over two different days by the Police none of them sold alcohol to the underage volunteers taking part in the exercise,” says Whanganui DHB alcohol and other drugs health promoter Chester Penaflor.
“It’s a fantastic result. It’s well recognised that having access to alcohol can, and does, lead to serious outcomes such as injury and illness.
“As a community it’s important that we can have confidence that licence holders will not sell alcohol to our children. Fortunately, it seems that Whanganui’s on-licence premises such as bars and restaurants and off-licence premises, such as bottle stores or supermarkets, are complying with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012).”
Mr Penaflor paid tribute to the city and district’s Police, licensing inspectors, and licensees who he says are showing strong leadership in working together to reduce alcohol-related harm in the Whanganui community.