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Cannons Creek liquor bid
provokes hostile reaction
No to booze:
a Fantame St
Erica Higgs, 7,
By ANDREA O'NEIL
Opponents of a plan to re-open a
Cannons Creek liquor shop have
told of the harm alcohol has
caused in the area.
Plans for a bottle store across
the road from Russell School in
Fantame St -- on the same site as
a previous outlet -- have unlea-
shed a fresh wave of anger.
About 100 protesters marched
from Cobham Ct to Porirua
District Court last Monday, before
a Liquor Licensing Authority
When the bottle shop was last
open, empty cans were strewn
about, vandalism was common,
and children could not play bare-
foot because of the danger of bro-
ken glass, Russell School board of
trustees chairman Matt Craw-
shaw told the hearing.
It has been an absolute injus-
tice for our children to grow up
with this liquor store across the
road from their school, he said.
Last year, his family s pet
chicken was killed by people who
were drunk and hungry -- an
example of the damage and harm
we endured before Thirsty Liquor
closed at the end of April when its
lease was terminated.
The store was described as
badly run last year in a Liquor
Licensing Authority ruling which
slashed its opening hours.
After terminating the lease, the
landlords applied to open a new
Bhanumati Patel said the new
store would be run responsibly. Its
proposed hours would avoid con-
tact with schoolchildren, with a
break from 2.45pm till 3.15pm,
Monday to Friday.
The store could not be blamed
for alcohol abuse, she said.
The other day I saw two
teenage girls drinking in a bus
shelter. Where did they get that
alcohol? The Fantame St store is
A bottle shop had been at the
site since 1998, with a break of
three months, Mrs Patel added.
Mr Crawshaw said the impact
of the previous store s closure was
beyond expectations .
My wife and I have no recollec-
tion of being woken even once by
drunken or disorderly behaviour.
Russell School principal Sose
Annandale had concerns about
the safety of students and staff.
Abuse and graffiti were com-
mon, and they often found bottles
with alcohol still in them.
This continued until April this
Porirua police alcohol harm
reduction officer Senior Sergeant
Steve Sargent said that since the
previous store was closed, crime
had dropped by 31 per cent in the
Fantame St area.
A decision on the liquor licence
is expected in a few weeks.
By KRIS DANDO
Kris Faafoi knows the value of
The Mana MP was on hand last
Thursday at Plunket s new centre
in Cannons Creek, where Labour
announced it would put an extra
$6 million a year into Plunket,
should Labour become the next
The money would primarily go
towards extra nurse visits in the
home and a new mother s pro-
gramme run through the district
Mr Faafoi has a four-year-old
and two-year-old, so is in a pos-
ition to comment personally on
Plunket s importance.
Anything you can do to help
parents in those tough first few
years with the basics is crucial,
especially in communities like
Porirua, he said.
Plunket is free and can make a
real difference in people s lives.
It s about peace of mind for
Labour leader David Shearer
called Plunket a national treasure
that needed more money to build
on its tradition of helping the
youngest and most vulnerable.
Too many of our kids fall
through the cracks and suffer neg-
lect, hardship and abuse.
Given we spend an estimated
$6 billion a year on the effects of
child poverty, and children having
a poor start in life, this is just one
way we can start to invest in order
to save, he said.
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