20 December, 2019
Disappointing Results in Latest Northland Controlled Purchase Operations
Two Controlled Purchase Operations conducted at licensed premises throughout Northland this week resulted in four sales
being made to underage volunteers.
During the two operations, the underage volunteers aged 16 and 17 years attempted to purchase alcohol from off-licensed
premises throughout the Kaipara and Bay of Islands areas.
Four sales were made to the underage volunteers over the two day operation. The operations resulted in two sales from
the 19 outlets tested by the enforcement agencies in Kaipara and two sales were made from the 18 outlets tested in the
greater Bay of Islands area.
Sergeant Tai PATRICK, Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer, Kaipara/Whangarei Police said, “It is concerning that our
underage volunteers were so easily able to access alcohol from two licensed premises in the Kaipara region. These sales
are particularly concerning given it is in the lead up to the festive season. The fallout from youth accessing alcohol
is well documented and as a community we need to have confidence that license holders will not sell alcohol to youth.”
Constable Rasau KALIVATI, Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer, Kerikeri Police said, “The result was disappointing. I cannot
stress strongly enough, holders of a liquor license should ask for identification if they are in doubt of the age of a
customer. If identification is produced, the seller must verify the correct age before making a sale. I do not expect
that sales of alcohol should be occurring. As a community, we need to have confidence that license holders will not sell
alcohol to our youth thereby giving young people the opportunity to drink unsupervised and potentially harmfully.”
Controlled Purchase Operations (CPOs) are part of an ongoing programme to assess compliance with the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act 2012 in an effort to address access to alcohol by minors.
Off Licensed premises: 37 attempts from 37 premises resulted in Four sales.