Auck­land bar falls foul with au­thor­i­ties

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Fight­ing, al­co­hol stockpiling and staffing fail­ures have au­thor­i­ties op­pos­ing an Auck­land city bar’s abil­ity to sell booze.

Cen­tral city hip hop club Hype Bar opened on El­liot St in July last year, re­cently cel­e­brat­ing its first birth­day.

How­ever, it has al­ready drawn the at­ten­tion of po­lice and Auck­land coun­cil for all the wrong rea­sons.

Auck­land Coun­cil al­co­hol li­cens­ing in­spec­tor Mark O’Con­nor and po­lice are both op­posed to the re­newal of the club’s on-li­cense.

In a re­port O’Con­nor out­lined con­cerns in­clud­ing an ex­pired tem­po­rary li­cence, pa­trons stockpiling al­co­hol, no ad­ver­tised food or al­ter­nate trans­port and fail­ure of staff to en­sure pa­tron’s wel­fare.

Po­lice op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds of suit­abil­ity and amenity and good or­der.

Re­new­ing its li­cence was likely to reduce the or­der of the area by ‘‘more than a mi­nor ex­tent,’’ O’Con­nor said.

He listed other con­cerns in­clud­ing the de­sign and lay­out of the base­ment venue­and no se­cu­rity as­sis­tance or pres­ence un­til the end of an event.

‘‘When I ac­com­pa­nied the po­lice and duty man­ager through the premises I saw four buck­ets of Heineken beer bot­tles with caps re­moved on a ta­ble. There were three men at the ta­ble. This is called ‘stockpiling’’’ he said.

Coun­cil’s al­co­hol li­cens­ing man­ager Rob Ab­bott said aside from the pro­hi­bi­tion on serv­ing sprits in a glass larger than 500mls, there was no spe­cific quan­tity limit on how much al­co­hol could be pur­chased at one time.

How­ever, it was against the law to do any­thing that en­cour­aged peo­ple or was likely to en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sume al­co­hol to an ex­ces­sive ex­tent.

‘‘When in­spect­ing premises, the po­lice and Auck­land Coun­cil in­spec­tors will look for signs that pa­trons are stockpiling drinks,’’ Ab­bott said.

‘‘So if a premises were sell­ing, say, five or six drinks in one serve to one per­son for their own con­sump­tion we would be ques­tion­ing whether that is good host res- pon­si­bil­ity.’’

Hype Club is owned by Auck­land res­i­dent Loretta Zhang who also owns Club Kong in down­town Auck­land.

Zhang did not re­spond re­quests for comment.

A hear­ing will be held in late Oc­to­ber. to

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