The new owners of Dunedin's Mou Very bar have won praise from
authorities as they seek a new on-licence for a tiny venue
with a history of problems.
Henry Easton and Charlotte Quin, of Hole in the Wall Ltd,
made their case for an on-licence for the self-proclaimed
smallest bar in New Zealand at a meeting of the Dunedin
District Licensing Committee yesterday.
The pair replaced Madeleine McCoy as owners of the George St
bar in August last year, after police and Dunedin City
Council staff expressed concern about Ms McCoy's attitude to
Sale of Liquor Act requirements.
Council liquor licensing inspector Tony Mole told the hearing
the bar had a ''chequered background'' and a history of
complaints from neighbours.
However, the new owners' application for an on-licence for
alcohol sales - which would replace an existing temporary
authority the bar was operating under - won support from
Police, council and New Zealand Fire Service officials
praised the turnaround in the management of the venue under
the new owners.
The bar's former licensee, Olivier Lequeux, and two
representatives from a body corporate representing tenants in
neighbouring flats maintained their opposition to the
application, citing concerns about noise and the use of an
adjoining alleyway and courtyard by bar patrons.
Mr Lequeux did not appear at yesterday's hearing and was not
considered a valid objector, having been issued with a
trespass order concerning the bar, Mr Mole's report to the
The body corporate's president, Steve Greig, also told the
hearing he would withdraw his opposition after learning Mr
Lequeux was no longer involved in the business.
The new owners, in turn, said they would accept revised
trading hours, limiting the bar to closing at midnight from
Sunday to Tuesday and 2am on other days.
Staff would also be told to stop selling alcohol through a
''hatch'' opening on to George St from 10pm each night, they
The committee - chairman Colin Weatherall and councillors
David Benson-Pope and Andrew Noone - adjourned the hearing
yesterday, and would conduct a site visit before releasing a