Bannockburn Hotel manager Tim Hanna, who has had his general
manager's certificate and the hotel's on and off-licences
suspended, says he is disgusted at the actions of young
adults who want to "go out and get legless and pick a fight".
Cromwell police sought the suspensions on the grounds the
hotel had breached three sections of the Sale of Liquor Act
1989 by selling liquor to an intoxicated person, allowing a
person to become intoxicated on the premises and allowing
drunkeness or disorderly conduct and also on the grounds the
manager had "failed to conduct the licensed premises in a
The New Zealand Liquor Licensing Authority suspended the
hotel's on and off-licences for 24 hours last Friday, and
suspended Mr Hanna's general manager certificate for three
weeks, from Monday, November 26.The hotel did not dispute the
grounds for the application and agreed to the suspension.
In the decision, authority chairman Judge John Hole and
member Judith Moorhead said following disturbances at the
Bannockburn Hotel on August 3 and 13, police warned Mr Hanna
that any further problems could result in a suspension of the
Cromwell police were called to a fight at the hotel on August
17 and had to call for back-up from Alexandra police. Mr
Hanna closed the hotel early.
Police said the licensee had "significant difficulty" in
Each of the incidents happened when a karaoke session was
being held, the authority said.
Approached by the Otago Daily Times for comment
yesterday, Mr Hanna said the hotel would no longer run
karaoke evenings because they attracted "some of the wrong
"It's a shame, because it was rewarding and there was some
real talent coming out, but what can you do if it was
attracting the wrong element as well," he said.
A handful of young adults - people in their 20s, were the
ones causing problems in the hotel.
"I think it's that whole culture of 'let's go out and get
legless and pick a fight'. The level of behaviour of some of
these people is disgusting and they need to grow up and take
responsibility for themselves.
"The majority of the young people in Cromwell are great, but
there's a few who spoil it," Mr Hanna said.
He was "disappointed" with the authority's decision but would
not contest it.
On August 17, the hotel refused to serve and sent home about
six people, he said.
"We were working very hard to keep things under control, and
in fact it was us that called the police."
The hotel worked in with the majority of licensed premises in
the wider Cromwell area to identify troublemakers. If someone
was banned from one of those premises, they were unwelcome at
the others, he said.