Retro Bar loses licence — move welcomed by Police
The Kāpiti Retro bar linked to the deaths of two young men is to have its liquor licence cancelled.
The Liquor Licensing Authority has decided not to renew the license of the Retro bar, ruling that it isn’t able to continue operating without alcohol abuse problems occurring.
The bar is located in the same Kapiti Lights complex and Coastlands car park where two men were killed in late night affrays earlier this year.
Kapiti Coast Councillor K Gurunathan says the decision to cancel the liquor licence sets an example for other bars in the area.
He says it shows a clear signal to other outlets that lack of community responsibility will not be tolerated.
Police say they hope the decision to cancel the Retro bar’s licence will result in a drop in crime around the Kapiti lights complex.
Late in September Mayor Jenny Rowan praised the efforts of the community in banding together to combat community violence in the wake of the two vicious killings in the District.
She said the recent deaths of Izak Milanta and Sean Strongman-Lintern ( August 12 and September 11) were a real tragedy for their families and extended whanau, and the community had responded very well to the call for help and support.