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Council supports liquor outlet bylaws
By SCOTT MORGAN
The Auckland Council has made it
clear that it wants the region's
communities to have more control
over the proliferation of liquor
The Alcohol Reform Bill, cur-
rently before Parliament and
likely to be passed into law later
this year, is set to make changes
to licensing provisions, including
development of policies at a local
Mayor Len Brown told the
council's regional development
and operations committee last
month that communities need
more power to influence decisions
in their areas.
It's been really difficult for
communities to have a real sense
of input and control over what's
going on in their own backyard.''
He says the ability to form new
bylaws if the bill passes would
give the communities the influ-
ence they want.
But he also warns it's likely the
hospitality industry will want to
have a say on any changes.
lor Richard Northey says changes
that allow for more input from
individual communities will have
a huge impact on his ward.
In my ward I represent Oranga
which is full of off-licences and
more are proposed. We need to
empower communities to have
Christine Fletcher says the
proposed changes are a good start.
We've really been in denial
about the impact of alcohol in New
Zealand. We've got to show some
maturity as a society about the
way we deal with liquor.''
Liquor licences are granted by
the Liquor Licensing Authority in
The authority's website says
someone who lives in the same
street as the proposed premises
can make a submission against a
new premises as a person of
But a member of the public who
lives 10km away and is concerned
about the effects of alcohol on the
community does not meet that cri-
The bill will also look at other
alcohol related issues including
Role play: Young cadet Hayden Holmes carries sandbags to the battlefield at Motat's Military Weekend.
Kiwi soldier for a day
By ASHLEIGH McENANEY
Guns are firing, bombs are going
off and your men are shouting at
you. It feels like it's really
Hayden Holmes, 16
He looks, walks and talks like a
Kiwi soldier at war.
It might be role play, but for
Auckland teen Hayden Holmes
it's a childhood dream come true.
At 16 Hayden is the youngest
cadet of the World War II Histori-
cal Re-enactment Society, a pla-
toon of 56 men and women who
honour the memory of Kiwi
soldiers by reliving the war.
Hayden says it's a lot like toy
soldiers for grown-ups.
Our re-enactments are as
close as we're going to get to the
When you're out there the
adrenalin's pumping, guns are
firing, bombs are going off and
your men are shouting at you. It
feels like it's really happening.''
The society was founded in 1995
after a group of war collectors''
appeared in the Queen St Parade
marking the 50th anniversary of
the end of World War Two.
Secretary Brett Curtis says the
parade was the start of something
big for everyone involved.
We all sat down after the par-
ade and thought, How can we
give the public a better view of
what it meant to be a New Zea-
land soldier in the Second World
War?' We wanted to show that
they were just ordinary men and
women who went away in hard
times to do their utmost for New
He says the society doesn't glo-
rify war, but preserves important
military history through re-
Hayden thanks his grandfather,
a veteran of 19 Battalion, for his
interest in the military.
When I was a little boy my
grandfather marched proudly in
an Anzac parade with me high on
Ever since then I wanted to
serve in the military. I wanted to
be a soldier.
He gave me a reason to respect
him and his men for travelling to
a foreign country and fighting for
their country. They may have
seen some awful things, but the
simple fact is the Germans were
doing what they were supposed to
and we were doing what we were
supposed to,'' he says.
Hayden says he came across the
re-enactment society by chance on
the internet, and is glad he did.
The group is awesome. I joined
because even though I'm only 16,
most kids don't actually know
what Anzac Day is. I think it's
important for youth to get into it
so they know what their
grandparents did before them.''
The society recently performed
at Motat's Military Weekend.
The event is in its 14th year and
lets people experience what it was
like for New Zealanders at war,
complete with battle re-enact-
ments, live displays and rides.
Motat event co-ordinator
Bridgette Robinson says: It's
the closest you'll get to being in
the army without having to join
up. Military Weekend is the
perfect opportunity to show
people the sacrifice that New
Zealand has made in wartime
over the last century.''
This was Hayden's first show at
Motat. He says it's good to per-
form locally so his community,
friends and family can see what
the society does.
Mr Curtis says the society likes
to look after young people like
himself because it needs younger
members to keep going.
Unless we want our children
and our children's children to
know about the World War Two
from a computer game or a com-
mando comic we have to do this
sort of thing.''
-- Ashleigh McEnaney is an
AUT journalism student
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