A new information-sharing initiative, involving the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, ACC, Wanaka police and the
hospitality industry, aims to reduce ''antisocial night-time
behaviour'' in Wanaka.
Council regulatory manager Lee Webster said eight licensed
premises had signed up for the trial, which would involve
them using a ''voxer app'' on Nokia Vodafone Smart Minis,
funded by ACC, to alert each other about intoxicated or
If one bar took action to exclude a ''troublesome'' patron,
the other premises would hear about it immediately, as would
the police and liquor inspectors.
Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka, said the police
were right behind the joint initiative.
''If we can identify people who have been excluded from
licensed premises for violent or antisocial behaviour and
share that information early, it will reduce the chance for
Deputy mayor Lyal Cocks praised licensees who had signed up
for the trial.
''This is a great opportunity to share information that
should reduce street disorder and improve our town's
safety,'' he said.
The bars that have signed up to use the new system to date
include Opium, Bullock Bar, Mint, Barluga, Woody's, Gin and
Rapsberry and Waterbar. Lalaland and Fitzpatrick have also
indicated they will be joining shortly.