Three licensed premises in Dunedin are facing police action
for breaches of the new alcohol legislation.
They were the first Dunedin establishments caught breaching
the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 since its
implementation on December 18 last year.
Dunedin alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Ian Paulin
said the latest breach occurred this week, when alcohol was
sold to an underage person during a controlled purchase
operation on Tuesday night.
Fourteen Dunedin licensed premises were targeted, and staff
at one establishment sold alcohol to a person under the age
of 18 years, he said.
For that, Sgt Paulin requested a hearing by the Alcohol
Regulatory and Licensing Authority.
He said ARLA was based in Wellington and would travel to
Dunedin occasionally to conduct hearings on multiple cases
from the city.
It was scheduled to hear cases in Queenstown next month, and
Sgt Paulin hoped a trip to Dunedin would follow.
He also requested an ARLA hearing in respect of the first
Dunedin establishment caught breaching the Act, on New Year's
In that case there were multiple breaches, including the sale
of alcohol to an intoxicated person who subsequently
assaulted someone on the premises, Sgt Paulin said.
Last week, another breach occurred in Dunedin, prompting Sgt
Paulin to oppose the renewal of the duty manager's
He said his opposition would be heard in Dunedin in the next
couple of weeks by the District Licensing Committee, which
dealt with the issuing, renewal and suspension of
''Usually all enforcement matters go before ARLA, but in this
case it just so happened that the duty manager's certificate
expired at the time of the breach, and they have applied to
the DLC for renewal of their certificate. So we'll deal with
the breach at that hearing by opposing the application,'' Sgt
Two separate breaches last year of the previous legislation,
which had yet to be resolved, would also be heard by ARLA
when it sat in Dunedin, he said.
''They might come down once a year and hear all the cases
we've got at once. It's a matter of stacking the cases up,''
Sgt Paulin declined to identify the licensed premises
involved, as hearings were pending.