A Queenstown bar with a colourful recent history has been
granted a temporary authority by the Queenstown Lakes
District Licensing Committee under the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act, with reduced hours.
Earlier this month, the Otago Daily Times reported
Barra Pista Ltd, owners of The Powder Room - formerly known
as Mini Bar - had applied for the new authority, which would
enable it to operate until its application for a new
on-licence had been determined.
However, the application for the temporary authority was
opposed by Queenstown police and the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, both parties concerned about the
Incidents since September last year included a fight
involving a naked man; a drunk duty-manager; another manager
working without a work visa; no food on the premises; and a
contracted DJ and a barman on a work trial snorting a
substance, alleged to be cocaine, from a clipboard behind the
There were further issues with advertising promotions,
including some involving shots of alcohol. In its decision,
the committee said the onus was on the company to prove on
the balance of probabilities it was a ''suitable entity'' to
hold a temporary authority.
''Given its history ... we certainly had concerns about this
issue. We accept there have been no incidents for two months
but it has been a quieter time between seasons with less
''What has persuaded us to grant the application is the
presence of a [new] clearly competent manager. We have
confidence that with his guidance and direction, the object
of the Act will be more likely to be achieved.''
However, given the object of the Act, the type of business
and the company's management and trading history to date, the
committee thought it necessary to reduce the trading hours to
''reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm ... and give the
police and inspector more opportunity to monitor the
The committee granted the authority from July 1 to September
1, or until the application for an on-licence had been
It also noted it ''anticipates the company may wish to review
its promotion of shots''.