Bar's application affected by changing liquor laws

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 legislation''.

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 Agency.

A police report was received by the Queenstown Lakes District Council on January 20, 2014 stating that the application was not opposed.

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 Wellington.

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.