Kiwi wines outselling Australian counterparts in world's biggest market

For the first time New Zealand wines are winning the Tasman battle in the US. Source: 1 NEWS


Opposing new liquor stores, licenses could become easier with free legal help service

Opposing new bottle stores and liquor licenses in your neighbourhood may soon become easier with free legal help now available.

New liquor outlets can become lightning rods for protest, including a proposed new bottle store which was met with local resistance in Christchurch.

Harewood resident Bruce Tulloch, who opposed the liquor store's opening, said: "particularly, we're not keen on people being able to go out at 8, 9, 10 o'clock at night and stock up on more booze - on impulse".

Mr Tulloch says Community Law got in touch and its advice helped hone their argument for the hearing.

"The lawyers will say, 'That's not relevant', 'that's hearsay', 'that doesn't apply' - the fact that people get drunk and bash each other over the head with bottles is not what we're talking about. What we're talking is whether it will affect the amenity and good order of your environment," Mr Tulloch said.

Community Law CEO Sue Moroney said the service is about helping people, particularly in low-income areas, who are often unable compete with the lawyers brought in by the alcohol industry.

"Many of these off-license provisions, particularly, are targeted at really low-income areas. so the people in those communities don't have, necessarily, the knowledge or information or the financial resources for that type of battle, so this is actually arming them with a free legal resource," Ms Moroney said.

New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council executive director Nick Leggett described the battle between the alcohol industry and local residents as a "kind of David and Goliath".

"The alcohol industry is actually a whole lot of small business people, many thousands around the country running responsibly," Mr Legett said.

However, the Alcohol Beverages Council welcomed the initiative.

"All power to them. To be honest, I think it's an intrinsic Kiwi value that we want a level playing field," he said.

The pilot project will run for the next three years in six communities. If proven successful, the project will then be rolled out across the country.

"It means that the district licensing committee is likely to come out with the right decision rather than one side having all the legal resources and the other side having none," Ms Moroney said.

Free legal help is now available to help oppose new bottle stores and liquor licenses in your neighbourhood. Source: 1 NEWS


The Great NZ Sausage Competition decides the people's choice winner - so what makes a great snarler?

The Great New Zealand Sausage Competition has just taken place, but what does it take to be crowned people's choice winner?

Seven Sharp reports 482 sausages were judged but only six made it to the people's choice final stage, plus one 'wildcard'.

One expert says what makes a snag sing is "texture and the meat" - and taste of course.

"It's got to be fresh. There's nothing like a disappointing pre-cooked sausage that tastes like cardboard."

Reporter Tamati Rimene-Sproat went to the finals, to see how his entry went.

If you want to taste something a little more exotic this summer, try this. Source: Seven Sharp


Alcohol warning label to be mandatory to urge risks of drinking while pregnant

All alcoholic drinks in New Zealand will soon have to come with a label warning of the risks of drinking while pregnant.

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has voted to make the health warnings mandatory.

Food Safety Minister Damien O'Connor, the only New Zealander in the group, said it was the right move.

While the alcohol industry had been voluntarily including warnings, there was no consistency in approach, he said.

Officials will now develop an appropriate standard to be signed off.

pregnant woman holding glass of alcohol
Pregnant woman holding glass of alcohol. Source: iStock

Two investors, including former Fonterra executive, join Kiwi company boosting nutrition in food for elderly

Two new investors, including a former Fonterra executive, have joined a Kiwi company aiming to boost nutrition in food for the elderly.

The Pure Food Co has welcomed John Penno, the founder of dairy processing company Synlait, and Maury Leyland Penno, who worked at the dairy giant Fonterra.

Mr Penno will join as the chair of Board of Directors, while Ms Leyland Penno will be a key advisor.

The Pure Food Co was co-founded by Sam Bridgewater and Maia Royal in 2013 after Mr Bridgewater watched his stepfather struggle with an illness making it impossible for him to eat.

Products from The Pure Food Co
Products from The Pure Food Co Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Royal says the company is "thrilled to have John and Maury on board".

"Their investment, expertise and knowledge of the primary sector and high value nutrition is unparalleled and will enable us to expand our business offering in both New Zealand and overseas, which will improve quality of life for our consumers," he said.

Mr Penno said the pair "share Sam and Maia's vision of enhancing the quality of life of people by providing the best quality NZ food that is highly nutritious".

"Having worked in the primary sector where we’ve been adding the value of nutrition to good food already, we see huge potential in providing highly nutritious food for vulnerable consumers, especially the older population."

Ms Leyland Penno said, "We're excited to come on board at such a pivotal time to join this innovative company meeting such an important societal need".

The Pure Food Co supplies food to over 75 per cent of hospitals, eight of the largest aged care networks and the two largest food service companies in the country.

Sam Bridgewater, Maury Leyland Penno, John Penno and Maia Royal of The Pure Food Co
Sam Bridgewater, Maury Leyland Penno, John Penno and Maia Royal of The Pure Food Co Source: The Pure Food Co