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
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.