Petition can’t stop Oranga liquor store
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.”
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.