Alcohol error fixed

A minor administrative error meant students flocking to Tent City on the Museum Reserve this week were served free alcohol, contravening local liquor laws.

A passer-by contacted the Otago Daily Times saying they were concerned after seeing students lining up as early as 10.30am for free samples at the tent for RTD brand Major Major.

They said the Major Major stall was handing out posters along with the drinks and only the instant noodle stall could hold a candle to the length of the lines.

OUSA chief executive Debbie Downs said it received incorrect advice before allowing the brand to give away free samples.

"Regarding the provision of free alcohol before [noon], the decision was made based on incorrect advice received from DCC licensing, indicating that a special licence was not required for the 30ml taster samples and noting that such tasters did not drive sales on-site.

"Major Major was given approval off the original DCC advisement and has since discontinued offering taster samples."

Ms Downs said Major Major's presence at Tent City was in line with the nature of the event, which hosted businesses, including bars and licensed premises, as per previous years.