15 Aug 2010

Hundreds rally for liquor reform in South Auckland

5:17 pm on 15 August 2010

About 200 South Auckland people have marched to urge the government to adopt all of the Law Commission's recommendations for liquor reform.

Groups marched from Manurewa, Manukau and Otara to Manukau Square on Sunday to demand the government listen to the community on liquor law issues.

South Auckland parents told the rally of their passionate opposition to the current liquor laws.

Manurewa resident Michelle Kingham says it's worrying to see what she described as a liquor store on every corner and she wants to have more say in stopping this happening.

And she says for the future well-being of her children, the liquor purchase age must be raised.

Waima Emery, from Clendon, says they want to have input into decisions about alcohol stores in their area.

The Manukau Alcohol Action Group says if the government doesn't listen to the community, there will be further marches and protests.