An undercover sting on alcohol sales in Northland has produced mixed results with two liquor outlets in Kaipara nabbed selling alcohol to minors while no sales to under 18s were made in the Mid North.
The operation by Northland District Health Board and Northland police saw underage volunteers aged 16 and 17 years attempt to buy alcohol from licensed premises in the Mid North and Kaipara areas.
"The Kaipara result is disappointing," said Whangarei police Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer sergeant Howard Clement.
"I cannot stress strongly enough, holders of a liquor licence should ask for identification if they are in doubt of the age of a customer. If identification is produced, the licensee must verify the correct age before making a sale.
"I do not expect that sales of alcohol should be occurring. As a community, we need to have confidence that licence holders will not sell alcohol to our youth."
An operation carried out in Kaipara in April this year resulted in no sales but however an operation carried out in last September also resulted in two sales.
Meanwhile, Kerikeri police alcohol harm reduction officer senior constable Graeme Wright said zero sales in the mid north area was an "excellent" result - the third operation carried out in the Mid and Far North this year resulting in no sales.
He said the licensed premises tested had "very good systems in place" and asked for identification on every occasion. In the past 12 months, only one outlet in the mid and Far North area sold alcohol to young people.
"I am very encouraged by this," said Mr Wright.