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A bunch of Kiwi champions built a tiny island to dodge a New Year’s Eve booze ban

Some creative Kiwis came up with an ingenious workaround for a liquor ban in their area over the New Year.

As everyone in Australia and New Zealand knows, New Year’s Eve tends to get a bit messy in this part of the world, with massive amounts of young, drunk people hitting the streets everywhere.

On New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, the powers that be decided to do something about New Year’s drunken debauchery by placing a ban on alcohol during the holiday period.

What the Coromandel Council didn’t count on was one particularly determined group of revellers, who invented their own legal loophole for the situation.

Stuff reports that a group of people spent low tide on Sunday building a sand island in the middle of the Tairua estuary on the Coromandel.

They then installed a picnic table, loaded up some chilly bins (eskis in Australian English) with grog and sat down to enjoy festivities.

“We thought it would be a good laugh and the drinking ban would be a grey area if we were on our own island,” group organiser Leon Hayward told Time. Hayward said it took he and his five friends six hours to complete the island.

Once the tide came in, the group happily cracked open some cold ones, safe in the knowledge that they were now in “international waters” and untouchable.

Even the authorities were pretty impressed by the idea.

“That’s the one thing I absolutely love about the Coromandel: the inventive nature of the people. It’s about creativity, the legal reality is somewhat different,” said Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie.

I really hate to be That Guy, but according to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, international waters begin after 12 nautical miles (22.2km) of territorial sea. Judging by that picture, it looks like they pulled up a bit short.

At any rate, you have to give them full marks for effort. It looks like they escaped being charged and were seen drinking well into the night.

To quote a famous Aussie, they can take your lives, but they will never take your freedom.

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