Kauri Arms Tav­ern not guilty of street vi­o­lence

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Kauri Arms Tav­ern pro­pri­etor Mark Frost took strong ex­cep­tion to po­lice claims that drunk and ag­gres­sive pa­trons were re­spon­si­ble for a pro­tracted out­break of vi­o­lence out­side the tav­ern in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing (A weekly rit­ual, Fe­bru­ary 27).

“It never hap­pened,” Mr Frost said, although there had been prob­lems with one in­di­vid­ual who had been drink­ing home-dis­tilled spir­its in the street, and had not been al­lowed to en­ter the tav­ern.

That per­son had tried to pick fights with pa­trons as they left, but his cus­tomers had been well-be­haved and had not caused any prob­lems for any­one.

There had been “an­other dis­tur­bance”

"We are work­ing hard to set a good ex­am­ple here, and we’re get­ting good re­sults." Mark Frost

in the street 45 min­utes af­ter the tav­ern closed.

“We are work­ing hard to set a good ex­am­ple here, and we’re get­ting good re­sults,” Mr Frost said. He be­lieved the tav­ern’s en­vi­rons could be po­liced more reg­u­larly and ef­fec­tively, although he un­der­stood the re­sourc­ing is­sues that might make that dif­fi­cult.

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