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A Joint Licensing Task Force is working to clamp down on alcohol related harm in
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
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.