Three hospitality companies which were operating bars and
clubs in Dunedin have been placed in liquidation, owing
Inland Revenue almost $230,000.
The liquidation of Metro Bar (Dunedin) Ltd, 2 Mooses Tavern
Ltd and The Church Nightclub Ltd follows months of claims,
counterclaims and allegations by creditors and disgruntled
employees of being left out of pocket.
The only claims against the companies yesterday were filed by
In the High Court of Dunedin yesterday, Associate Judge
Robert Osborne heard, via an audio visual link, Inland
Revenue's applications to have the companies placed in
The judge said all the companies were ''under the same
management'', and the applications were all heard at the same
The sole director of each company is Ben Hanssen, a former
dual-bankrupt. No company representative was present and no
legal counsel made submissions on their behalf.
The unpaid debts were Metro Bar (Dunedin) Ltd owing Inland
Revenue $141,399, 2 Mooses Tavern Ltd owing $49,140 and The
Church Nightclub Ltd owing $36,853 - a total of $227,392.
Associate Judge Osborne noted the Otago Daily Times
last year had applied for access to the files of the three
companies and confirmed yesterday they could released.
Legal counsel for Inland Revenue David Tasker told the judge
articles on the companies' management had appeared in the
ODT before Christmas.
Bar co-owner Mr Hanssen, along with another business partner,
had interests in Dunedin bars Metro, Monkey Bar, Diamond
Lounge/Rumours and the Clarendon Hotel.
In the wake of the closure of Monkey Bar and Diamond
Lounge/Rumours in November, then Metro Bar in December, Mr
Hanssen denied allegations he left staff out of pocket or
used gang members to intimidate rivals.
Companies Office records showed yesterday Mr Hanssen remains
a director, and or shareholder of various other companies,
including Provincial Hotels Ltd, Globe Hotels Ltd, Greymouth
Properties Ltd and Westland Adventures Ltd. He is involved in
six separate companies now in liquidation, and has in the
past been a director, and or shareholder, in 13 companies
which have ceased trading.