Changes to the alcohol legislation have affected an
application by a Queenstown bar for a new on-licence.
A legal representative for the bar said its view was that it
had been ''caught by the transitional provisions in the new
At a Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Committee hearing
yesterday, committee chairman Bill Unwin and members Lyal
Cocks and John Mann agreed with The Powder Room's legal
representation that the application should be sent to the
Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in Wellington.
This was because of its application date and because of
opposition to the application.
The Powder Room had filed an application for a new on-licence
on November 4, 2013 with the now-defunct District Licensing
A police report was received by the Queenstown Lakes District
Council on January 20, 2014 stating that the application was
However, a supplementary report from the police, in
opposition, was filed on April, 15 and received by the
licensee on April 29.
The police and the licensing inspector had raised concerns
about management issues at the bar and alleged breaches of
the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
After the hearing, part of the legal team representing the
bar, Tanya Surrey, said ''our client's position was that the
matter must be referred to the Alcohol Regulatory and
Licensing Authority in Wellington, as it is caught by the
transitional provisions in the new legislation''.
The reforms of the legislation came into effect on December
18 last year. Mr Unwin told the hearing the legal argument
was accepted and the application would be fowarded to
In the meantime, the bar is able to trade under a temporary
authority (licence) which is in place until June 30.
District Licensing Committees are a requirement of the Sale
and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.