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Revellers create man-made sand sanctuary to avoid New Year's alcohol ban

Revellers create man-made sand sanctuary to avoid New Year's alcohol ban Revellers create man-made sand sanctuary to avoid New Year's alcohol ban
Patty Aguilar | 01 January, 2018, 23:09

A group of beachgoers has come up with a creative idea in an apparent attempt to make sure an alcohol ban did not dampen their New Year's Eve celebrations.

All members reportedly remained on the island in Tairua estuary to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks, and the island could still be seen the following morning.

Facing a ban on drinking in public places imposed in Coromandel, New Zealand, a group of locals chose a rather inventive way to circumvent it - they created a place of their own which they declared exempt from the prohibitive measure.

A ban on public drinking is in force in Coromandel over the New Year period and those violating the ban face a fine of $250 (£130; US$180) or arrest.

An unnamed onlooker told Stuff that a small group headed out into the Tairua Estuary at low tide on Sunday arvo, and set about making an island out of sand.

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After they were done, the publication reports that they installed a "wooden picnic table and chilly bin", which is obviously some cute-as Kiwi word for an esky.

But authorities seemed to be taking the initiative in light-hearted spirit.

"That's creative thinking - if I had known [about it] I probably would have joined them", local police commander Inspector John Kelly said about the sand island.

"That's not what they are there for".

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