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Kaiti bottle store off-licence renewed

The level of crime in Elgin and the Gisborne Airport area is greater than that in outer Kaiti, the district licensing committee has been told at a hearing.

The issue was raised in the course of the hearing of an application by Red Door Kaiti for a renewal of its off-licence.

The renewal was granted by the committee in a written decision.

Police alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Isaac Ngatai tabled a prepared document from internal crime statistics showing the number of recorded crimes, and the time and date of actual events for the period January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019.

For outer Kaiti, the number of reported offences for incidences that caused injury, sexual-related offences, unlawful entry with intent, burglary, theft and related offences was 54.

It was 79 for the the Elgin/airport area.

Data from 2014/15 to 2017/18 showed that outer Kaiti averaged 56.2 incidences a year compared with 84.4 for Elgin/airport.

The figures were produced in response to one of 67 written questions asked by Lizz Crawford, who opposed the renewal application.

Ms Crawford said she had witnessed a young person going into the Red Door with an older female who bought alcohol.

Asked by Sergeant Ngatai “did you actually see any transfer of that alcohol to that person,” she replied “no.”

Ms Crawford also questioned the presence of a sandwich board saying “open” and asked for a condition that it be removed, but the committee noted that the licensing inspector had no adverse comments after inspecting the sign.

In its decision the committee said there was no evidence from the reporting officer or the police that the applicant was not a suitable person to hold a licence for these premises.

The licensing officer reported that Gisborne District Council (including police reporting) had no record of an existing nuisance and/or vandalism.

The Ministry of Health had not responded to this application. The committee could only assume that the ministry was not concerned about the renewal of the licence.

Police reports on controlled purchase operations over six years indicated the business had always passed those tests.

District licensing committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said “after review of the application, supporting information and discussions with the applicant, in my opinion the applicant has demonstrated that there are appropriate systems, staff and training to meet the requirements of the Act.”

The committee, having listened to and considered all evidence before it and the relevant statutory criteria, formed the view that the application for the renewal of this off-licence for Red Door Liquor Kaiti be granted,” she said.