Bar bounc­ers’ high-tech kit

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Drunk and abu­sive pa­trons caus­ing trou­ble in Wanaka could soon find them­selves ex­cluded from all bars af­ter the launch of an in­stant in­for­ma­tion shar­ing scheme. An ini­tia­tive is be­ing tri­alled by ACC in con­junc­tion with the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, po­lice and the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil. The sys­tem will see staff at bars us­ing a Voxer app on Nokia Voda­fone smart minis, funded by ACC, to alert each other about in­tox­i­cated or abu­sive pa­trons in a bid to re­duce an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour. Bar own­ers at Opium, Bul­lock Bar, Mint, Bar­luga, Woody’s, Gin and Rasp­berry and Water­bar have signed up to use the new sys­tem. Lala­land and Fitz­patrick in­di­cated they will be join­ing shortly. Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory man­ager Lee Web­ster said that if one bar took ac­tion to ex­clude a trou­ble­some pa­tron, other premises would hear about it straight away, as would the po­lice and liquor in­spec­tors. Se­nior Sergeant Al­lan Grindell said po­lice sup­ported the joint ini­tia­tive. ‘‘If we can iden­tify peo­ple who have been ex­cluded from li­censed premises for vi­o­lent or an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and share that in­for­ma­tion early, it will re­duce the chance for fur­ther dis­or­der.’’ Gin and Rasp­berry man­ager Emma Jen­nings said it was great for those in the in­dus­try to get some for­mal sup­port and that the ini­tia­tive was put in place be­fore Christ­mas and New Years which were peak times. She used to in­for­mally text other man­agers when they had a dif­fi­cult pa­tron and the new sys­tem will mean that in­for­ma­tion can get out to a big­ger net­work, she said.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Code red: Rasp­berry and Gin man­ager Em­maJen­nings holds a Nokia Voda­fone smart mini, funded by ACC, which bars own­ers in Wanaka have been given to alert each other about drunk or abu­sive pa­trons.

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