New Zealand has given us Phar Lap, Taika Waititi and now, a really, really good way to avoid an alcohol ban.
Build your own island and no one can stop you.
At the Tairua estuary on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, a New Year’s Eve drinking ban was put in place across the whole region, preventing Kiwis from drinking at any public place, including the beach.
Instead of holing up inside, one group of revelers decided that they wanted to spend New Year’s Eve in the picturesque surrounds of New Zealand’s great outdoors.
On Sunday, during low tide, they began to build an island of sand and mud in the middle of the estuary.
They slapped a picnic table on top and an esky underfoot and got down to celebrating.
As the tide came in, they drank deeply and descended into an evening of celebration.
Apparently, the group claimed that their island was exempt from the area’s alcohol ban because it was built in international waters.
Surprisingly, the creation of Party Island didn’t even warrant a caution from local police, with Waikato Inspector John Kelly praising the group’s ‘creative thinking’. The estuary itself is still within New Zealand’s territory, so I don’t think the ‘international waters’ excuse actually holds water, but it seems the group escaped the potential $227 fine that could have been handed down.
Legalities aside, this Lifehack deserves applause.
Long live Party Island.