Avoid Drinking Bans By Building Your Own Island

Avoid Drinking Bans By Building Your Own Island
Image: Facebook/David Saunders

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.

[ABC News via Stuff.co.nz]


    • Things I tried not to think about when writing this article:

      – Where’s the toilet
      – How do they get more beers
      – How high does the tide come in
      – Can they all swim
      – Where did they get a picnic table

      • The police shouldn’t of been praising that, that’s going to create people imitating that.
        Despite them saying International Waters (while not being 12 Nautical Miles out), creating an unmarked (no navigation warnings) artificial land mass is illegal as it a potential hazard to water craft and violation of International Treaties and if not in international waters, only the State of New Zealand has the right to construct (or give the right) for an artificial land mass in public waters which makes their “island” or any form of land reclamation illegal and an act of environmental vandalism.

        • Yeah. Surprising to see the police let it slide and give ’em a pat on the back for ‘creative thinking’. I am not familiar with the area but I do agree we might see an artificial island paradise pop up on NYE 2018…

  • That is stupidly impressive. Actually managing to engineer a temporary island at low tide well enough that it could both support all the weight on the soft sand as well as survive eroding when the tide came in.

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