Bar owners take steps to fight rise in disorder
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.