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No to new liquor outlet
By JOE DAWSON
A COMMUNITY is overjoyed by a
decision to prevent a booze mer-
chant setting up a new outlet in its
On June 20 the Liquor Licensing
Authority heard arguments from
both sides about the establishment
of a bottle store in Mt Albert.
The application was refused.
Last December Emkay Trading
applied for a licence to establish an
off-licence to be called Kiwi Drive
Liquor at the corner of New North
Rd and Asquith Ave.
That sparked a massive com-
munity response opposing the plan,
(Auckland City Harbour News,
A hearing was held last month in
which some of the 700 who either
submitted or signed a petition
against the proposed shop had their
The hopes of the community have
been surpassed by the decision.
Before the hearing, opponent
Francis Mortimer said they had
been hopeful of a reduction of the
proposed trading hours of 7am to
We won,'' he says.
This is a stop press sort of
moment. The decision is somewhat
unprecedented as normally these
applications are approved with
Another opponent Sir Harold
Marshall represented the Methodist
Church and says the decision has
been met with general delight''.
It's what we hoped for, we hoped
in the new city community organis-
ations could have an active role in
ensuring their place remains their
place and they have a degree of con-
trol in what happens,'' he says.
The 11-page decision was made
available to parties on Monday and
the Auckland City Harbour News
has seen parts of it.
In it the Liquor Licensing Auth-
ority says it reached the conclusion
the applicant was not suitable to
hold an off-licence''.
It cited evidence from submitters
in which they demonstrated the
applicant had breached licensing
conditions at another Mt Albert out-
let, Kiwi Liquor, by selling outside
the hours of trade.
The applicant must have appre-
ciated from a perusal of the letters
of objection that the way in which
he has recently been operating Kiwi
Liquor was of concern to most of the
objectors,'' the decision states.
He cannot have been surprised
at the evidence that came out in the
hearing. He made no attempt in his
evidence to justify his recent con-
duct of Kiwi Liquor . . .''
Because the obligation to prove
one's suitability rests with an appli-
cant he would have been required to
demonstrate this in the face of such
allegations and this did not hap-
The decision also cited the pres-
ence of a poorly lit car park behind
the site which could be used by peo-
ple wishing to pre-load, the close-
ness of Ferndale Park, the presence
of boarding houses containing vul-
nerable young men'' and a nearby
Alcoholics Anonymous premises as
providing the opportunity for liquor
abuse issues to arise.
Alcohol Healthwatch spokes-
woman Rebecca Williams says the
decision is a good one for communi-
As of June 19 the new criteria for
liquor objections came into force so
the Liquor Licensing Authority can
now take into account community
concern,'' she says.
I'm hoping from here on out we
will see more of these decisions.''
Police feared for rammed colleagues' lives
By EMMA WHITTAKER
Near miss: Auckland City police Inspector Vaughn Graham says two officers could have been killed when a patrol car was repeatedly hit during a pursuit.
Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER
Police are counting themselves
lucky that two of their colleagues
weren't killed when their car was
hit repeatedly by a fleeing teenaged
One officer is recovering from a
neck injury and another is quite
shaken'' after the incident in the
early hours of Wednesday morning,
Auckland City Inspector Vaughn
Just before 1am, four boys aged
between 14 and 17 allegedly
attacked two other youths in the
city centre in an attempt to steal
A police dog unit found the group
in a stolen car shortly after on
Jervois Rd where the pursuit began.
Two officers began setting up
road spikes near the intersection of
Surrey Cres and Richmond Rd,
Grey Lynn, to try and stop the
They abandoned their effort when
the car started heading directly
towards them at high speed, Mr
One of the officers has decided to
get back into his car fearing the
fleeing car would hit it.
The fleeing car has then collided
with it a number of times while try-
ing to get away.''
The police car was extensively
We're so lucky we didn't lose two
staff,'' Mr Graham says.
The pursuit continued along the
southern motorway and the car was
eventually stopped by road spikes
near Highbrook at 1.40am.
Three of the teens were arrested
and one allegedly tried to flee before
being picked up by a dog unit.
All four were due to appear in the
Auckland Youth Court on
Wednesday to face charges relating
to taking and getting into a stolen
vehicle, and assault with intent to
rob. The driver of the car has been
charged with assault with a weapon
as well as other driving offences.
Mr Graham says it is standard for
road spikes to be used in pursuits
and officers must consider their own
safety as well as that of the public.
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