Mayor opposes proposed Johnsonville bottle store

Mayor opposes proposed Johnsonville bottle store

Thirsty liquor sign outside Porirua store. Other thirsty liquor locations include, Newlands, Island Bay and Wellington City. Photo: Rachel Moore

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester took to Facebook calling a proposed Johnsonville liquor store “absurd”.

Thirsty Liquor applied for a license to sell alcohol in a store planned for Johnsonville Road.

Lester said he’d written a letter opposing it and encouraged locals to do the same. “Thirsty Liquor wants to open another bottle shop in Johnsonville. We have a number of bottle stores in the suburb already and I don’t think we need another one.

“It’s directly beside the Work and Income New Zealand Office and I don’t think that’s appropriate either.”

Lester said Johnsonville was a great suburb to live in and raise our tamariki in, but was also place where there were plenty of vulnerable people.

Wellington City Council northern councillor and portfolio leader for community resilience Malcolm Sparrow also wrote a letter of opposition and said the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.

“What good will a further liquor outlet in Johnsonville provide? Absolutely none. As we know, alcohol harm in society is a major problem, and a further liquor outlet will certainly not help reduce that.

“We need to stand up against anything which may result in an upsurge in harm in the local community.”

Sparrow said as an elected official he was responsible for the best interests of the people he represented and for this reason, he strongly objected to this proposal.

Letters of opposition were due on April 9.

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