100 Per Cent Pass Mark for District's Alcohol Outlets

15 December 2016

Alcohol outlets throughout New Plymouth District are getting a tick of approval after none sold alcohol to underage buyers during a controlled purchase operation (CPO) earlier this month.

A controlled purchase operation is where young people under the age of 18 who are under police supervision are sent into licensed premises in an attempt to purchase alcohol. Ten off-license premises and 11 on-license premises were visited during the 3 December operation in Oakura, Bell Block, Inglewood, Moturoa and New Plymouth’s CBD.

Manager Customer and Regulatory Solutions Katrina Brunton says none of the outlets would sell the two teens alcohol without first seeing ID to prove they were 18 or older.

“To get a 100 per cent pass-rate from the outlets is superb – especially in the lead-up to Christmas and New Year,” she says.

“Not only do few districts record a complete clean slate, but this is our third CPO operation in a row where no outlets sold to the minors.

“These licensees, managers and their staff are to be congratulated because they stuck to their processes to ensure their businesses operated legally.”

Mrs Brunton says the controlled purchase operation is a timely reminder that bottle stores and supermarkets should have clear processes in place, including till prompts, that require sellers to seek identification and record the date of birth of people who appear to be under 25-years-old before a sale can take place.