Maraenui next for liquor ban area

By Doug Laing

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The Maraenui Shopping centre is likely to become the fifth liquor ban area in Napier.

The ban, covering the shopping centre, playground and reserve, has been recommended by a Napier City Council hearings committee, and is likely to be approved by the full council to be in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Council by-laws already ban liquor consumption from the public areas of the Napier CBD and Marine Parade, the Taradale and Marewa shopping centres, and parts of Westshore.

Liquor in those areas may be consumed only in licensed premises. Maraenui has just one bar, while there are two licensed groceries in the area from which liquor may be bought for consumption somewhere else.

Meanwhile, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority is next month has hearings for three new bottle stores which have sparked strenuous opposition.

The hearings will be held in Hastings on April 10-11, with public opposition to the establishment of a Blackbull Liquor outlet in Karamu Rd, Hastings, and Big Barrel liquor stores in the former Taradale ANZ bank building and the former Waipukurau RSA.

The applications have all been through district licensing agency stages, and are permitted activities in each area.

All three are being opposed on the grounds that there are concerns for public behavioural issues, and that there is an over-abundance of liquor outlets.

But in Waipukurau, Grey Power spokesperson Pan Durham concedes there are few legal grounds, and it will be up to objectors and the public to impress on the Authority their concerns.

If the applications by Big Barrel operators Padda Enterprises succeed, they will have nine outlets in Hawke's Bay.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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