Alcohol fuels 120 arrests in Auckland
More than 120 people were arrested in Auckland over the weekend during a trans-Tasman blitz on drunken behaviour.
Police across New Zealand and Australia focused on alcohol-related offending, including drink driving, assaults and licensing breaches.
Nationally police made 448 arrests, had 170 assaults reported to them, caught 364 drink drivers and identified 135 liquor licensing breaches following sting operations.
In Auckland, police made 125 arrests, caught 156 drink drivers, had 89 assaults reported to them and identified 65 liquor licensing breaches.
Most of the offences were picked up in Counties Manukau, where the highest numbers of arrests, liquor licensing breaches and drink driving were recorded. The most assaults were reported in central Auckland, with 51.
National road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths said although the operation had now ended, police would continue to target alcohol-related offending, particularly before Christmas.
This included a trans-Tasman operation to reduce road deaths and trauma between December 21 and January 7.
"Police across New Zealand will be out in force throughout the Christmas holiday season targeting drink driving, drunken behaviour and other alcohol related offending," Griffiths said. However, alcohol abuse is not just a police problem, it's a community issue too.
''The challenge to all of us as individuals, friends, families and whanau is to confront our drinking habits and do our part to stay safe, so that we can all be around to enjoy next Christmas."