Frustrated at the spread of liquor stores across South Auckland, local advocacy groups and health officials are calling for an urgent review of licensing laws and questions about a licensing commissioner with historic ties to the alcohol industry, TVNZ reports. The proliferation of liquor stores has spiked concerns among residents due to recent crimes in the area. Their concerns are supported by Auckland Regional Public Health Service’s (ARPHS) medical officer of health, Nick Eichler, who said international and New Zealand evidence is clear that more liquor stores means more people being harmed by alcohol. The community is also calling for the DLC commissioner to step down. For the last seven years, Communities Against Alcohol Harm (CAAH) has been fighting against the opening of liquor stores in South Auckland.
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