27 Feb 2018

Hastings councillors say no to fizzy drinks

4:17 pm on 27 February 2018

Sugar-laden drinks have been voted off the menu at all of Hastings District Council's offices and facilities.

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The council's new healthy beverage policy will mean only 100 percent fruit juice, unsweetened milk, and water will be allowed at its workplaces, libraries and sports centres.

But it could potentially take a bite out of the council's own coffers.

Hastings District Council's largest aquatic centre Splash Planet estimated it sold around $40,000 worth of fizzy drinks a year.

"It's a hard sell, but Splash Planet will come round," Councillor Jacoby Poulain said.

The resolution to adopt the policy was unanimously passed.

Council funded events would also be encouraged to adopt the policy, but it would not be enforced.

It would take some time to bring policy into force however, as existing contracts with drinks suppliers would have to be phased out over the next two years.

Hastings District Council joins other councils adopting similar policies, including Nelson, Palmerston North and Auckland.