Reducing harm from alcohol
Drinking too much contributes to many safety issues in our communities, including crime, violence, and injury. We want to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in our communities by promoting a responsible drinking culture in the Hutt Valley.
What you can do
Safe Hutt Valley and its partners are involved in a range of long-term programmes that help to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in the Hutt Valley. These include:
Developing Local Alcohol Policies
in Hutt City and Upper Hutt to meet community needs.
Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt/Petone Alcohol Accords
Supporting the hospitality industry and statutory agencies to work together to promote a safe and responsible drinking culture in the Hutt Valley.
Controlled Purchase Operations
Ensuring that retailers and licensed premises are meeting their legal requirements around selling alcohol.
We also initiate and run a range of targeted projects to address specific concerns within our communities. These include:
X-ROADS: Good Mates, Good Choices
Safe Hutt Valley and partners held an event in June 2014 to educate young drivers, and promote good choices around alcohol and drugs. The event included a moving presentation from the mother of one of the young people injured in a drink driving crash which killed two and injured seven. A stage play, hands-on activities and a real-life story about how friends helped Rio Hemopo overcome drug-related issues helped X-ROADS to highlight the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs, as well as reinforcing the key messages of looking out for your mates and making good decisions. More than 2,000 college students from six schools were involved in the week long event held in Upper Hutt.
Compliance Essentials Manual
Safe Hutt Valley and partners have developed a manual to help licensed premises in the Hutt Valley understand and meet the new liquor licensing requirements set out in the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act. The manual stores all the information that Police and licensing inspectors need to see when they visit, and is a ready reference for bar owners – with information on how to keep their patrons safe and run safe, successful businesses. The manual has been circulated to the majority of licensed premises in the Hutt Valley, and has now been updated for use by sports clubs. To request a copy of the manual, contact Jess Punton at Regional Public Health on 570 9598 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hutt City Council and Regional Public Health lead this work on behalf of Safe Hutt Valley, and a range of other agencies, community groups and businesses are involved in these programmes and projects. The Safe Hutt Valley group welcomes contact from other organisations or individuals interested in promoting a responsible drinking culture in the Hutt Valley. Please contact us if you are keen to get involved.
Other programmes and services helping to reduce alcohol-related harm in the Hutt Valley
Wainuiomata Marae – provides a range of support services, including support around drug/alcohol issues
WellTrust – provides support to Hutt Valley young people aged 10-19 years who may have alcohol or other drug issues
Alcoholics Anonymous – phone 0800 229 6757. Information and advice if alcohol issues are affecting your life, or the lives of your friends and family. Alcoholics Anonymous has regular meetings throughout Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.
Vibe – phone 566 0525. Confidential health and support services for young people in the Hutt Valley aged 10-24 years.
National services and programmes to reduce alcohol-related harm
Alcohol Drug helpline – phone 0800 787 797 for free, confidential advice and support, and information on support services available in your area.
Care NZ – addiction treatment and recovery