The QueenstownLakes District Licensing Committee reserved its decision regarding an application by a Queenstown bar worker to obtain his duty manager’s certificate, opposed by police.
Alcohol harm prevention Sergeant Tracy Haggart said Keegan Iraia had convictions for assaulting a female in 2010, and drinkdriving with a bloodalcohol level of 98mg in Queenstown in March 2014.
He had also received diversion on two matters in 2007 and received a precharge warning for fighting in public in Timaru in February last year.
He had been employed at Hamill’s restaurant, in Remarkables Park, for the past six months, but previously worked at Super Liquor for nine months and had also worked in the hospitality industry in Tekapo and Dunedin.
Sgt Haggart said alcohol was a factor in most of Mr Iraia’s offending and said duty managers were tasked with ‘‘being a role model’’ for patrons, looking after them and ensuring they made the right decisions concerning alcohol.