Despite New Zealand’s booze culture being under sharp scrutiny police have yet to take any action against the adult who gave/sold alcohol to the drunk 9 year old in Hamilton. (Watch the video here and read about how Kiwi kids are drinking themselves to death)
“Police have yet to lay charges against those responsible for getting a 9-year-old boy so drunk he was sick, and a top alcohol counsellor warns the case is a symptom of New Zealand’s shocking drinking culture…”
The video immediately went viral with hundreds of news sites, social network sites and blogs replicating it.
Lid blown off children’s alcohol abuse
Police interviewed several people in relation to the incident yesterday, but no charges have been laid.
…The incident has blown the lid off the issue of alcohol abuse involving children, Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Counselling clinical manager Roger Brooking said.He called it a symptom of New Zealand’s shocking booze culture and lax liquor laws, …”
Viral video helps to highlight issue
“This incident … is to be expected in a society where alcohol is so cheap and so readily available,” he said. It was a “wake up call for New Zealand, but unfortunately it seems our politicians are asleep at the wheel.”
He said a high number of his clients started drinking alcohol before the age of 12 and if it wasn’t for video footage of Tuesday’s incident going viral, the issue would not be a topic of discussion. “That kind of thing is not unusual, it mostly happens in the privacy of people’s homes.”
Hamilton teens and NZ police living in different realities
NZ police, who were critised for not attending quickly enough, appear extremely keen to play down the incident, whilst teens affected by the issue want to do something about it. The film’s producer Bradley Goudie is leading the advance.
“Goudie said he had seen children, aged 8 to 13, getting drunk “off their faces” at Fairfield Park and in the city on several occasions.
However, Hamilton Police Acting Inspector Kent Holdsworth said it was an extreme case and “a rarity” in his 23 years of policing.
Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker is likely to ask her council to think about extending the city’s liquor ban, after viewing the video this week…”
Mike King‘s Facebook followers said
Maybe Hamilton police need to spend more time on the beat if they’re not seeing what other people see? Is it any wonder that New Zealand’s reported crime statistics are falling?
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