Pe­ti­tion can’t stop Oranga liquor store

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A new liquor store has been given the go-ahead in Oranga, de­spite ob­jec­tions from the com­mu­nity.

The New Zealand Liquor Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity ruled in favour of an ap­pli­ca­tion for Rock­field Liquor Mart to be es­tab­lished on Rock­field Rd af­ter re­ceiv­ing 41 let­ters of ob­jec­tion and a pe­ti­tion in op­po­si­tion.

Oranga So­ci­ety chair­woman Jacki van der Burg started the pe­ti­tion and at­tended the Oc­to­ber hear­ing.

“It was prob­a­bly the best out­come we could have in­side the cur­rent law but we wish it hadn’t gone through.

“The law doesn’t al­low com­mu­ni­ties to have a say at the mo­ment. We would all like to see less liquor stores.”

Leg­is­la­tion

be­fore Par­lia­ment’s so­cial ser­vices se­lect com­mit­tee would give com­mu­ni­ties a greater say in the num­ber and lo­ca­tion of liquor stores.

Mrs van der Burg says Judge William Un­win, who heard the case, spoke about how liquor stores were af­fect­ing the com­mu­nity and she felt con­cerns raised by her and three other ob­jec­tors were well­heard.

“The judge made it clear he could only do what he could un­der law but he lis­tened to our con­cerns and was in­ter­ested in what we had to say.”

Is­sues raised in­cluded the num­ber of liquor stores al­ready in the area, in­clud­ing one across the road from the new shop, and ex­ist­ing al­co­hol-re­lated prob­lems.

The au­thor­ity is­sued an off-li­cence to the ap­pli­cants for one year and re­duced the pro­posed open­ing hours.

A pro­posed liquor store on McKinnon St in Mt Roskill is also be­ing op­posed by the com­mu­nity and nearby schools.

A hear­ing for the ap­pli­ca­tion has been set down for De­cem­ber 15 and Hay Park School prin­ci­pal Mar­garet Aik­man plans to at­tend.

Ms Aik­man spoke to the Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Board last week to ask if a mem­ber would at­tend the hear­ing in sup­port.

She says the school, which is across the road from the pro­posed store, al­ready has an ex­treme van­dal­ism rat­ing from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

Chair­woman Nicki Tay­lor-Raf­fills says the board has al­ready sent a writ­ten ob­jec­tion.

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