Three seemingly unrelated stories published on Stuff today:
Law Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer said alcohol was being sold at “pocket-money prices”.
“A can of beer or an RTD can be bought for one or two dollars in many retail outlets. This is less than we pay for bottled water,” Sir Geoffrey said.
“One of the consequences of alcohol being promoted and sold at pocket-money prices is that we risk losing sight of its status as a legal drug, capable of causing serious harm to others.”
A massive undercover cannabis operation netting more than 250 suspects on 750 charges will break the cornerstone of the industry, police say.
Police this morning swooped on 35 businesses and numerous residential addresses throughout the country as search warrants were executed as part of ‘Operation Lime’.
The two year operation targeted businesses and individuals responsible for the commercial sale of equipment used in the growing of cannabis.
Those arrested have appeared in district courts around the country today, police said.
Police Minister Judith Collins has tonight congratulated police.
Mrs Collins said today’s arrests would send a strong message to those who tried to produce drugs in New Zealand that they would be caught.
“The message to those who manufacture and sell drugs in our community is that the Government and the police are determined to shut down your activities, and will use every tool at their disposal to do so,” she said.
Sir Douglas Myers may have cashed up from brewing years ago, but the wealthiest Britain-based Kiwi is now even richer than the Queen of England.
Sir Douglas, who now spends much of his time in London, had his fortune valued at £332 million ($713m) in the latest Sunday Times Rich List, making him the 203rd richest person in Britain, a rise of 12 places over 2009.
Part of a brewing dynasty, Sir Douglas sold his stake in Lion Nathan to Japan’s Kirin Breweries in 1998 and is now semi-retired.
He was knighted in the latest New Year Honours.