Renewal of bar's licence opposed

Ian Paulin
Ian Paulin
The Dunedin district licensing committee will hear arguments in public next week after police and the medical officer of health opposed the application for an on-licence for Queens bar at Queens Gardens.

Police have opposed the application, which follows the expiry of a previous licence, because they say applicant Dogtown Ltd, represented by Ian Robbins, is ''struggling to grasp some fundamental aspects of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act''.

The issues in particular were that Mr Robbins was the only duty manager employed by the business, his application was filled out poorly, he did not stock low-alcohol beer as required by regulations, he appeared to be ''a one-man band'' on smaller functions doing door, bar, food and managing the premises by himself, and music groups were allowed to collect cover charges at the door rather than a licensed security guard, police alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Ian Paulin said in a report to the committee.

Public Health South medical officer of health Marion Poore opposed the application because of Mr Robbins' lack of awareness and knowledge of the relevant legislation and licence conditions and his failure to understand the importance of host responsibility.

The hearing will be in Dunedin on April 11.


I have never, ever seen a security guard collect a cover charge anywhere in NZ or during my travels. It's just not part of their job. How about supporting a local business to comply? A business that brings in interesting and diverse acts into Dunedin and supports local music whole-heartedly deserves the support of the entire Dunedin community including the local authorities. Let's cooperate to mitigate any issues rather than steamroll them.


"music groups were allowed to collect cover charges at the door rather than a licensed security guard"

Cover charges at licenced premises in Auckland are always collected by the band's management, promoters, record company, or the musicians themselves.

They are NEVER collected by "licensed security guards" who are not trained in merchandising, and who have better things to do than manage tills.

The job of a security guard is to oversee the safety of customers and staff. This includes keeping an eye on the front desk. No-where in the world, so far as I know, does it involve running the front desk.

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