The National Māori Authority is calling a halt on licences for new bottle stores, following multiple highly-publicised assaults in Auckland and Wellington CBDs, RNZ reports. According to Māori Wardens patrolling the CBD, multiple vicious, alcohol-fuelled attacks occur every weekend in downtown Auckland. With the council’s provisional local alcohol policy under appeal, a change for Auckland could be on its way as the policy provides a temporary freeze on off-licences in the CBD for two years.
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