8 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Iwi fear alcohol sales will spike family harm

From Morning Report, 8:29 am on 8 April 2020

Whanganui iwi are calling for a ban on the online sale of alcohol during lockdown out of fears it will cause a spike in family violence.

More liquor stores will begin to sell and deliver alcohol online after the government implemented new rules last Friday. 

Iwi leader Ken Mair says many whānau are under stress and he's appalled that the government is allowing hard liquor to be delivered to their doorstep.

RNZ Māori news correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan reports.