3:37 PM Monday June 27, 2011
Joint media release - Auckland Council, Auckland Police, Auckland Regional Public Health Service
Problem premises taken to task over alcohol related harm
A Joint Licensing Task Force is working to clamp down on alcohol related harm in Auckland’s CBD.
Launched on 14 May, with a second deployment on 24 June, the joint initiative between Auckland Council, NZ Police, the District Licensing Agency, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) and other relevant agencies, is targeting premises that have a history of non-compliance in order to address risks to patron safety, public health and the wider community.
These risks include disorderly behaviour, assaults, intoxication and drink driving.
During the first weekend of inspections, three premises out of those identified were found to have serious failings in host responsibility standards and extreme intoxication. During the second weekend, a further three premises were found to fall short of their obligations.
In each of these cases, applications for licence suspension have been made to the Liquor Licensing Authority.
The task force helps the licensees of problem premises who have a desire to comply with the regulations and reduce alcohol related harm. Premises are selected based on Police reports and information from the District Licensing Agency, Building Authority, ARPHS and complaints from members of the public.
This multi-agency approach is designed to provide a consistent, comprehensive and timely focus on all issues rather than individual approaches by the various agencies, which tends to miss enforcement opportunities that are not the primary focus of that particular agency.
Experience shows that poorly managed premises, in terms of the Sale of Liquor Act, are invariably bad performers in all areas of regulatory.
Visits are carried out during busy periods and target the key times of risk to the public so as to determine the cause of the problem. Instant feedback is provided to licensees about the nature and severity of issues found and methods of addressing the problems.
Premises visited will also receive formal written communication outlining observations made and stating courses of action that could be taken to reduce further risk.
The task force will continue to work with all the identified premises to assist them to operate their businesses in a responsible manner.
Premises that offer a safe environment for customers and are compliant with all relevant legislation have nothing to fear. However, premises that are of concern can expect to be paid a visit.
For media queries, please contact:
Charlotte Haycock- Communications Advisor, Auckland Council
Ph: 307 7452 or 027 497 4966
Noreen Hegarty – Communications Manager, Auckland City District Police
Ph: 302 6947 or 027 495 1589
Vienna Richards – Communications Manager, Auckland Regional Public Health Service
Ph: 623 4600 x. 27168 or 021 938 431