Bar own­ers take steps to fight rise in dis­or­der

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By Janie Smith

Kings­land busi­nesses are work­ing with po­lice to clamp down on an in­crease in dis­or­derly be­hav­iour.

Sergeant Ja­son Loye says Kings­land is be­com­ing an en­ter­tain­ment precinct with the open­ing of a new bar and its prox­im­ity to Eden Park.

He says with the open­ing of new venues, pa­trons who have been asked to leave one bar may move on to a dif­fer­ent bar.

There have been an in­creas­ing num­ber of dis­or­der in­ci­dents in the area in the last six months, he says.

Kings­land Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion chairman and Kings­lan­der bar owner Steve Gil­lett says the as­so­ci­a­tion is work­ing with Mr Loye and the Auck­land City Coun­cil on al­co­hol-re­lated is­sues.

“We’re look­ing down av­enues with the coun­cil with re­gard to liquor bans in pub­lic places.”

He says they’re also look­ing at set­ting up a fo­rum with com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the coun­cil and po­lice.

Mr Gil­lett says if pa­trons in his bar are be­com­ing in­tox­i­cated they will be of­fered wa­ter and food.

If it gets to the point where they are asked to leave, the door­men will try to get them taxis, he says.

He is also look­ing at work­ing closely with bars in the area so if a per­son is ejected from one, the other bars can be no­ti­fied.

Mean­while, res­i­dents liv­ing near the Three Kings Plaza say they are sick of fights break­ing out in the carpark next to the Thirsty Whale bar.

One man, who did not want to be named, called 111 dur­ing a re­cent brawl where bot­tles and punches were thrown.

Mr Loye says is­sues flare up at the carpark “ev­ery now and then”.

He says he has been work­ing with the Thirsty Whale on se­cu­rity and as­sist­ing them to keep prob­lems down in the area.

Part of the prob­lem is peo­ple hang­ing around out­side for the at­mos­phere but not want­ing to pay bar prices to drink in­side.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil has given po­lice tres­pass author­ity for the carpark so they can move peo­ple on.

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