Granting an off-licence to a North Rd liquor store could lead
to the irresponsible supply of spirits to Dunedin's nearby
student population and Salmond College and the University of
Otago say they oppose it.
Further, the university says no more liquor licences should
be issued in the area.
A recent application from the new licensee of a bottle store
at 21 North Rd known as the Liquor Store has drawn two
objections, from the warden of residential hall Salmond
College and the director of Student Services at the
University of Otago, and some mild concern from regulatory
The application from P M Liquors Ltd will be considered by
the Dunedin district licensing committee at a hearing in
Dunedin on Friday.
A report to the committee from its secretary, Kevin Mechen,
said the objections of Salmond and the university were made
with the interests of students in mind, and therefore should
be considered to have an interest greater than the public
He said both objectors thought granting the licence would be
contrary to the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act because
alcohol-related harm would not be minimised and it would be
irresponsible to supply alcohol, particularly RTDs and
straight spirits, to the student population.
''They further state that the amenity and good order of the
locality is already of concern, and even if this licence did
not further reduce the amenity and good order, it would be
the university's view that no further licences were issued in
The regulatory authorities had no issue with the suitability
of the applicant, although the licensing inspector, Tony
Mole, wanted to discuss the location of the premises given
the concentration of young people living nearby and the
store's possible impact on the good order of the location.