Rugby club de­nied a new liquor li­cence

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Se­cu­rity is­sues, bur­glar­ies and sell­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence all went against a Waikato Rugby Club try­ing to ob­tain a liquor li­cence.

Po­lice strongly op­posed the al­co­hol li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion from the Ki­hik­ihi Rugby Club, just min­utes from Te Awa­mutu, and the Waipa Dis­trict Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee agreed.

In its writ­ten de­ci­sion the com­mit­tee noted both the po­lice and li­cens­ing in­spec­tor op­posed the li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion.

Po­lice op­po­si­tion cen­tred around con­cerns the club was in a di­lap­i­dated state and there was a lack of suit­able se­cu­rity on site.

Th­ese con­cerns were raised be­cause of two re­cent bur­glar­ies of the un­li­censed premises where al­co­hol tar­geted.

In giv­ing ev­i­dence the po­lice raised con­cerns about the run down state of the clu­b­rooms and said the premises may be a tar­get for bur­glar­ies if al­co­hol was to be on the premises.

A re­port from the li­cens­ing In­spec­tor, who con­ducted a site in­spec­tion be­fore the hear­ing, also raised is­sues with the club op­er­at­ing il­le­gally as its liquor li­cence had ex­pired in 2015.

Skip bins over­flow­ing with rub­bish and other bins full of al­co­hol bot­tles also added weight to his re­port.

In the club’s sub­mis­sion it stated ‘‘the club was the hub of the com­mu­nity and was re­liant on the sale of al­co­hol’.

The club said the cur­rent com­mit­tee were not aware of the li­cens­ing re­quire­ments as they didn’t get a proper han­dover when they took over in 2015 fol­low­ing con­cerns about the poor man­age­ment of the ex­ec­u­tive.

In her writ­ten de­ci­sion Com­mis­sioner Sara Brown noted the club had a ‘‘che­quered li­cens­ing his­tory’’.

The club had been act­ing un­law­fully in op­er­at­ing with­out a

‘‘The club was the hub of the com­mu­nity.’’

li­cence for more than a year.

In its de­ci­sion, the Com­mit­tee said there was ‘‘in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove, on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties, that the club is a suit­able en­tity to hold a club li­cence’’.

The Com­mit­tee specif­i­cally raised con­cerns around the club hav­ing the nec­es­sary staff, sys­tems and train­ing in place.

‘‘Given the lack of or­gan­i­sa­tion and lack of un­der­stand­ing about the re­quire­ments of the (Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol) Act, there is the po­ten­tial for al­co­hol-re­lated harm to oc­cur’’, the de­ci­sion said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied.

The Ki­hik­ihi Rugby Sports Club has been de­nied a liquor li­cence.

The club was de­scribed as di­lap­i­dated.

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