Otago club cops flak over hosting of World Cup event

A licence inspector has criticised the Otago University Rugby Club for failing to obey the rules when hosting an event for the Rugby World Cup.

The club, which operates the OURFC "Bookies Bar" at Logan Park, is applying for an on-licence renewal.

Public notice of the application did not attract any objections and neither police nor the medical officer of health oppose the renewal, but accompanying documents note the licensing inspector expressed concerns about the way the place was run.

"There is only one certified manager. During the hearing for the licence in 2022, the applicant said there would be three other people seeking managers’ certificates ‘in the near future’.

"This has not happened."

The inspector also said the premises were found to be trading on October 14 during the Rugby World Cup "without having completed the notification required by the legislation and were seemingly unaware of the requirement to notify the authorities if they were going to be operating outside their normal trading times".

"The applicant was told they were required to apply for food registration, and this had not been done at the time of the renewal interview. They have now made an application and are awaiting their first food safety verification.

"The applicant did not appear to understand the added requirements of being the holder of an on-licence."

The inspector believed the committee should readdress the suitability of the applicant at a hearing and recommended a truncated renewal period to allow them to demonstrate they are capable of operating the premises.

"The hearing will allow the applicant to demonstrate and reaffirm their commitment to operating their on-licence premises.

"As suggested by the inspector, the committee has an option of truncating the renewal period to allow the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate their suitability."

The club seeks to operate as an on-licence at its Logan Park premises on Tuesday from 4pm-10pm, Wednesday from 11am to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from 11am to 10pm.

The licence hearing takes place next Thursday.