R&V liquor bid opposed

Application for 5am bar closing on January 1 outside policy.

Application for 5am bar closing on January 1 outside policy.

A special licence for R&V Live Nation to allow 5am closing on January 1 at the annual festival, has been opposed by police and the medical officer of health because it is outside the hours of the local alcohol policy adopted by the District Council in March.

The application will be heard before the District Licencing Committee tomorrow.

There were no public objections when the application was advertised.

In a submission to the committee, police alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Isaac Ngatai said police would have no opposition to the application if the applicant was to modify the operating hours to those set in the local alcohol policy of 2 am on January 1.

Police would also continue to oppose the application if the applicant could not present a security plan by December 14 — outlining total numbers working on particular shifts and what the shifts would be, he said.

District health board Hauora Tairawhiti’s medical officer of health Margot McLean is concerned about the potential for alcohol-related harm and does not consider the rationale for extended hours justifies it.

There is concern that this would be the only premises selling alcohol at this time and that non-festival goers would attempt to enter and carry on with new year drinking.

The executive summary by licensing inspector Rosita Mata recommends discretionary conditions if the committee grants the application.

These include a comprehensive security plan submitted by the applicant by December 14 and one-way-door restrictions one hour before closing.

She recommends a reduced serves policy for all on-site festival bars from four serves to two serves per person from 9.30 pm, from two serves to one by midnight and one serve per person through to the closing time of the last bar.

Festival’s efforts to limit intoxication acknowledged

The summary acknowledges that R&V Live Nation has made improvements to proposed management alcohol consumption to limit intoxication at the festival.

R&V Live Nation has recognised the need to control access to the licensed area and have suitable systems and appropriately-experienced teams to implement the controls needed for the camping ground and festival.

This relies on them implementing their alcohol management plan and controlling intoxicated patrons and those with anti-social behaviour by not permitting them access to any licensed area while intoxicated, and ensuring they have robust event security and security plans, and implementing those to effectively implement and monitor the no-BYO alcohol policy for the festival and have robust functional communications systems and management structures.

The summary says adopting the recommended conditions can provide confidence that R&V Live Nation will operate a festival and camping ground bar areas for patrons to socialise in a manner that meets the objects of the Act.

This is the 16th year of the festival and it is expected that 13,000 people will camp on the site, an increase of 1500 on last year.

A special licence for R&V Live Nation to allow 5am closing on January 1 at the annual festival, has been opposed by police and the medical officer of health because it is outside the hours of the local alcohol policy adopted by the District Council in March.

The application will be heard before the District Licencing Committee tomorrow.

There were no public objections when the application was advertised.

In a submission to the committee, police alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Isaac Ngatai said police would have no opposition to the application if the applicant was to modify the operating hours to those set in the local alcohol policy of 2 am on January 1.

Police would also continue to oppose the application if the applicant could not present a security plan by December 14 — outlining total numbers working on particular shifts and what the shifts would be, he said.

District health board Hauora Tairawhiti’s medical officer of health Margot McLean is concerned about the potential for alcohol-related harm and does not consider the rationale for extended hours justifies it.

There is concern that this would be the only premises selling alcohol at this time and that non-festival goers would attempt to enter and carry on with new year drinking.

The executive summary by licensing inspector Rosita Mata recommends discretionary conditions if the committee grants the application.

These include a comprehensive security plan submitted by the applicant by December 14 and one-way-door restrictions one hour before closing.

She recommends a reduced serves policy for all on-site festival bars from four serves to two serves per person from 9.30 pm, from two serves to one by midnight and one serve per person through to the closing time of the last bar.

Festival’s efforts to limit intoxication acknowledged

The summary acknowledges that R&V Live Nation has made improvements to proposed management alcohol consumption to limit intoxication at the festival.

R&V Live Nation has recognised the need to control access to the licensed area and have suitable systems and appropriately-experienced teams to implement the controls needed for the camping ground and festival.

This relies on them implementing their alcohol management plan and controlling intoxicated patrons and those with anti-social behaviour by not permitting them access to any licensed area while intoxicated, and ensuring they have robust event security and security plans, and implementing those to effectively implement and monitor the no-BYO alcohol policy for the festival and have robust functional communications systems and management structures.

The summary says adopting the recommended conditions can provide confidence that R&V Live Nation will operate a festival and camping ground bar areas for patrons to socialise in a manner that meets the objects of the Act.

This is the 16th year of the festival and it is expected that 13,000 people will camp on the site, an increase of 1500 on last year.

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