De­ci­sion over float­ing bar’s sta­tus ap­pealed

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - GUY WIL­LIAMS

TO be a con­veyance or not to be a con­veyance, that was the ques­tion.

It was also the ba­sis of an un­usual hear­ing of the Al­co­hol Reg­u­la­tory and Li­cens­ing Author­ity (Arla) in Queen­stown yes­ter­day.

It was con­cerned with the on­li­cence for Perky’s, a float­ing bar and cof­fee shop in Queen­stown Bay.

Queen­stown Lakes dis­trict li­cens­ing in­spec­tor Sian Swin­ney was ap­peal­ing a de­ci­sion by the dis­trict’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee last Novem­ber to de­scribe Perky’s as a ‘‘con­veyance’’ rather than a ‘‘premises’’.

The busi­ness, owned by Max, Wayne and Betty Perkins, op­er­ates on a boat, Mil­lion Dol­lar 1, which is per­ma­nently moored at a jetty on the re­sort’s water­front.

Ms Swin­ney’s coun­sel, Alas­tair Sher­riff, said his client had no prob­lem with the com­mit­tee re­new­ing the on­li­cence for an­other three years.

There had been no ob­jec­tions to the bar’s re­newal ap­pli­ca­tion from the pub­lic, po­lice or Minis­ try of Health, Mr Sher­riff said.

How­ever, the de­ci­sion to de­scribe the boat as a con­veyance had prompted the com­mit­tee to add a new con­di­tion to the on­li­cence: the boat had to leave the jetty and travel on the lake four times a year.

Mr Sher­riff said the com­mit­tee did not have the power to im­pose such a con­di­tion, and his client wanted Arla to clar­ify the is­sue by con­clud­ing the boat was a ‘‘premises’’ and mod­i­fy­ing the on­li­cence ac­cord­ingly.

Arla chair­man Judge Kevin Kelly re­served his de­ci­sion.

Con­veyance or premises? Perky’s Bar at its Queen­stown Bay moor­ing.

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