May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

“No New Liquor Outlets in Fordlands” Hui, Thurs 29th July @ 6pm, Sunset Primary Hall, ROTORUA

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As weve seen in the news, a new law will be implemented to limit where Alcohol outlets can be opened but some business people are rushing to get new stores opened before the law comes into force.

One of the larger liquor chains is proposing a drive-thru outlet near Fordlands, up Sunset Road in the old Hire Quip building. There are already 5 liquor outlets in and around Fordlands and many whanau in the community have had enough and have called a Community Hui to stop this new liquor outlet from opening.

This is an important kaupapa in Rotorua and across the country. A similar hui was held in South Auckland last week after yet another liquor store was opened in the Clendon area – a march is being planned for the 31st of July and a large turn out is expected.

This is an invitation to you, your whanau and all concerned members of the community and the public.

The hope is that knowledgeable people regarding process of how to stop the spread of the liquor outlets might attend as well.

If you are able to make this important hui, please do. Please, if you could send this panui around to your networks, I am sure they would appreciate it too.

WHAT: “No New Liquor Outlets in Fordlands” Hui,
WHEN: Thurs 29th July @ 6pm
WHERE: Sunset Primary Hall, Sunset Road

2 thoughts on ““No New Liquor Outlets in Fordlands” Hui, Thurs 29th July @ 6pm, Sunset Primary Hall, ROTORUA

  1. To all those who wish to attend another meeting regarding this we are having another meeting on the 8/9/10 at 6.30pm at sunset primary school everyone welcome.

  2. We were pleased to see huge support from the community regarding this kaupapa, there were over 70 outside on Friday morning showing their opposition to the development of yet another liquor outlet near Rotorua's Fordblock community.

    What was interesting to read was an editorial in Rotorua's Daily Post critiquing the inclusion of children in the protest (as if THEY aren't part of the community!)

    What we learned in a community meeting the night before (if the Daily Post had accepted the invitation to attend, they would have heard this) is that neighborhood CHILDREN that have to pass by these outlets on their way to and from school and that they are regularly accosted with insults and jeers as they pass by customers buying their booze. Considering this they have every right to protest.

    It's not that we don't need yet another liquor store (no doubt we don't), it's that we don't need to normalise the use and sale of booze by having so many outlines that our children see them more than they see their libraries, community halls and schools.

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