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The Star: March 16, 2017

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26 Thursday March 16 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Viewpoint Debate over closing time for Selwyn bars Last week, Selwyn District Council passed the Local Alcohol Policy with a maximum closing time for taverns of 2am, one hour later than had initially been proposed. District councillor Craig Watson writes in response to medical Craig Watson Alistair Humphrey officer of health Alistair Humphrey’s comments disagreeing with the later closing time. Dr Humphrey said that every time someone in Selwyn died in a car crash, was assaulted or raped “because someone has had that extra bit of booze at that time of night is something that I hope will weigh on the consciences of those who made that decision to push it out for an extra hour” Craig Watson – I want to start by saying that I have not been lobbied by a single person before speaking and voting on the Local Alcohol Policy. I was disgusted by Alistair Humphrey’s comments. I want to tell a bit about my time as a student, training at the University of Otago in Wellington. I remember going out with mates until 1, 2, 3, 4am in the morning, heck I even remember a couple of times leaving a bar when the sun came up. I grew to appreciate the fantastic kebabs for sale on my walk back to Newtown, even if half the time I woke up with them all over my shirt the next day. I remember pole dancing with traffic lights on the way home, singing karaoke like the worst ever contestant for New Zealand’s Got Talent, going for a wee in the Basin Reserve and sometimes waking up with a hell of a hangover. But what I do not remember doing on those fantastic nights out where I was drinking past 1am was raping someone. Alcohol does not make you a rapist, drugs do not make you a rapist, a girl kissing you and letting you walk her home does not make you a rapist, heck a woman wearing not much more that a Band-Aid for a dress does not permit, nor make you, a rapist. Not understanding what consensual sex means makes you a rapist, stupefying a woman and forcing yourself on them makes you a rapist and not understanding that no means no makes you a rapist. It is inflammatory, provocative and inaccurate that he would define that a bar closing at 2am, 3am or indeed not at all is somehow permitting a rape culture as opposed to a bar that closes at midnight, 1pm or 10pm. Dr Alistair Humphrey responds to Cr Watson In response to Craig Watson’s opinion: •In New Zealand, one half of all violent crimes involve alcohol. •10,000 sexual assaults per year in New Zealand involve a perpetrator affected by alcohol. •About half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol. •Approximately 100 New Zealanders a year die in an alcoholrelated car crash. •About half of all alcohol-related presentations to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department occur between 10pm and 4am, peaking at 1am. •Following New South Wales ‘lockout’ laws, which closed bars earlier, non-domestic assault was reduced by half in the Kings Cross area. Balanced Pressure Ventilation Ventilation Equipment Suppliers to trade and retail HEX390 Balanced Pressure Ventilation with Heat Recovery Fresh air from outside Exhaust air to outside HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ autumn Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people” Warm stale air from house Warm fresh air to house for healthy indoor air Heat is transferred to the incoming filtered fresh air Substantial energy savings over traditional domestic ventilation systems 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) 264 Annex Road, Riccarton Christchurch 8024, NZ Ph +64 3 343 6184 Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5pm

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