The ''completely unsatisfactory'' attitude of a Dunedin
bar owner to the requirements of the Sale of Liquor Act has
resulted in the city council and police recommending her
application for a third temporary authority to run the bar be
Madeleine McCoy, the sole shareholder of Hole in the Wall
Ltd, has applied for an authority for the George St bar Mou
Hole in the Wall was granted a temporary authority in
February so the premises could be operated according to the
underlying licence until a permanent licence was applied for
The temporary authority was extended in May because of
pending legislative changes, in anticipation of the business
applying for a permanent licence.
A third application for a temporary authority was lodged on
August 20, while the full licence application was received on
In a report to the Dunedin District Licensing Agency
Committee, which will determine the matter after a hearing,
the city council's liquor licensing and projects officer,
Kevin Mechen, said police opposed granting a temporary
authority because of issues arising during the time the
applicant had been operating the bar that had left them
questioning her suitability to hold a liquor licence.
That included police finding no certified manager on duty
during a monitoring visit.
When spoken to about this, Ms McCoy commented that the
manager's certificate was ''just a piece of paper''.
Another time, a compliance check revealed food requirements
were not being met, to which Ms McCoy responded that the
small bar did not have a kitchen because of its size, so it
was unfair to expect it to have the range of food required.
There had also been a history of non-compliance with the
council's footpath policy, Ms McCoy suggesting the barriers
she was required to use were ugly and blocked the footpath.
She did not appear to take her responsibilities seriously, Mr
Therefore, he joined the police in opposing her application.
The committee will consider the application at a public
hearing on Wednesday.