Com­mu­nity wins rul­ing on li­cence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Can­nons Creek’s Mix Tav­ern has been re­fused a liquor li­cence.

The Bed­ford St com­mu­nity cel­e­brated last Thurs­day when the de­ci­sion was made af­ter a sec­ond day of hear­ings in front of the Al­co­hol Reg­u­la­tory and Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity.

‘‘Elated, just elated for the com­mu­nity,’’ was how Can­nons Creek Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre man­ager Lepeti Tea de­scribed her feel­ings. ‘‘It’s high-fives and hugs all over.’’

Op­po­si­tion to the pub has been strong – 400 peo­ple at­tended a July pub­lic meet­ing on the is­sue and 1900 sig­na­tures were gath­ered on a pe­ti­tion protest­ing the tav­ern.

Protest marches pre­ceded both hear­ings, last week and on Oc­to­ber 14.

Ob­jec­tors dis­liked the prox­im­ity of the pub to child and health care cen­tres, and the im­pact it would have on Can­nons Creek’s al­co­holics and gam­blers.

Judge Hole’s com­ments on his de­ci­sion were not pub­lished as we went to print, but those in­volved said the strong op­po­si­tion had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.

‘‘I think the big­gest thing is the com­mu­nity has been al­lowed a voice to de­ter­mine what’s needed in our com- mu­nity and what would have neg­a­tive im­pact,’’ Ms Tea said.

Whanau Cen­tre man­ager Liz Kelly agreed the de­ci­sion was a win for the whole com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s an awe­some vic­tory. It was cru­cial that we stop this,’’ she said.

‘‘It just shows you that if you mo­bilise the peo­ple and they feel strongly about some­thing, you can stop it.’’

More than a dozen ob­jec­tors at­tended last Thurs­day’s hear­ing but the po­lice and Re­gional Pub­lic Health’s state­ments were so con­vinc­ing Judge Hole did not call any­one else to speak, Ms Kelly said.

Mix Tav­ern owner Nag­inbhai Neil Pa­tel said the judge was in­flu­enced by the pres­ence of so many op­po­nents to his pub.

‘‘ I’m very dis­tressed and un­happy,’’ he said.

There are 11,000 peo­ple in Can­nons Creek and the vast ma­jor­ity did not ob­ject to the Mix, Mr Pa­tel said.

Ms Kelly’s cam­paign against the pub has cost the com­mu­nity a so­cial hub and em­ploy­ment, he said.

‘‘I think Liz Kelly has spoiled 20 peo­ple’s jobs, in my view, and the life and en­joy­ment of the peo­ple in the area.’’

With­out the abil­ity to sell al­co­hol, Mr Pa­tel’s bar/ restau­rant was not fi­nan­cially vi­able, he said.

Trea­sure chest: Can­nons Creek res­i­dent Re­nee Waihi, left, with Jas­mine Taankink of Porirua Koha Shed.

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