The eyes of the cricketing world will be on New Zealand over the next five days and Police are working hard to ensure spectators at Wellington Regional Stadium and Eden Park remember the action for all the right reasons.
Supt. Sandra Manderson National Commander Operation Cricket World Cup said the way New Zealanders and overseas visitors have embraced the tournament has been outstanding.
“We have been impressed with the way New Zealanders have supported their own team and also clapped and cheered our guests from all around the world,” Supt Manderson said. “The passion and flamboyance of the international fans has been infectious and Police have loved being part of the tournament.”
Supt. Manderson said the benefits of the introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (SASAA) in December 2013 have been felt at all ICC Cricket World Cup venues. “We have been impressed with the responsible attitude to alcohol consumption from the majority of spectators,” Supt Manderson said. “Police have worked closely with a number of partner agencies to ensure that if fans choose to have a drink they enjoy it without disrupting the fun of others.”
Four spectators have been arrested and charged for breaching the Major Events Management Act (MEMA) by entering or trying to enter the field of play during the ICC Cricket World Cup. “We will continue to have no tolerance of any individual that enters the field of play, without authority,” Supt Manderson said. “Under the Major Events Management Act 2007 there are increased penalties for the offence of invading the pitch at a major sporting event. This includes going onto the playing surface or propelling an object onto the field of play.”
Supt. Manderson said that one individual has already received a $1500 fine for entering the field of play at Hagley Oval during the opening match. “The vast majority of New Zealand spectators have been outstanding and we are confident the crowds for the quarter-final and semi-final will create an enjoyable and vibrant atmosphere befitting the wonderful entertainment on the field.”
The maximum penalty for breaching the Major Events Management Act (MEMA) 2007 is a $5000 and up to three months imprisonment.
For more information contact Kevin Sinnott on 021 1922917.