Raumati Liquor Storm

Proposed site for  bottle store -- Photo, Ian Linning
Proposed site for bottle store — Photo, Ian Linning

Raumati Beach residents’ petition against new alcohol outlet

By Alan Tristram

A growing number of residents and business owners at Raumati Beach are signing a petition opposing a new liquor store in the village.

As a result, the KCDC’s District Licensing Committee says it has been obliged to hold a full public hearing.

The Kapiti Coast District Council says ‘an application to turn a Raumati Beach grocery and cellar shop into a bottle store will be considered by a formal hearing convened by the Licensing Committee, at which objectors will have a full opportunity to voice their concerns.’

Local business owner Dianne Tester, who has helped organise the petition, says a full-scale liquor store open until 10pm will greatly increase problems with drunk young people in the area.

She says business owners already have to deal with broken liquor bottles, urine in doorways and vandalism caused by drunken people — and all the local business owners are oppsed to the plan.

And she says many petition forms have been distributed so dozens of signatures will have been received by the KCDC

The off-licence application from Red Roar Ltd to convert Rosetta Grocery and Cellars into a liquor centre, with opening hours of 9am-10pm, has been formally received by the District Licensing Committee secretary but has not yet been considered by the committee.

L0cal business owners spoken to by the Kapiti Independent point out there are two large schools and a kindergarten near by, which means there are large numbers of children in the area. They also point out that in the past the local miniature railway and gardens have been vandalised by out-of-control, or under-age,  young drinkers.

For its part, the KCDC says the licensing process requires that any such application must go before a public hearing if objections are received. Some objections have already been lodged, so the hearing will be convened.

The deadline for objections closes on 31 July

District Licensing Committee Chair, Cr Diane Ammundsen, says the application had been formally notified to allow potential objectors time to indicate their wish to make submissions or give evidence.

“Once the period for objections has closed, an inspector will examine the application and the Medical Officer of Health along with the Police will be consulted,” Councillor Ammundsen says.

“After these reports have been received by the committee, a date will be set for a hearing at which those who have lodged objections will have a full opportunity to state their case.”

All interested parties will be notified of the hearing date and time, she says.

Yes, I’m not sure about this either … it might be a quaint local store, with a selection of boutique new beers and occasional wine tasting events. Or perhaps that’s wishful thinking ?
As alluded to above, we already have 2 bars in the area, so let’s not pretend it’s a dry area.
Does a bottle store really fuel the occasional wayward customer ? Surely virtually all customers would take their purchases home with them. How many of us might take a 6 pack to the beach or park with our fish and chips (illegal as it is). My point is the few yobo’s will do that whether there is a bottle store or not.

I’m surprised the local pub doesn’t have a bottle store ? or does it ? wouldn’t it be the most appropriate outlet ? better able to work within already established legal guidelines.
It makes sense that there is an outlet for residents of Raumati beach, as it does for Paraparaumu beach and Paraparaumu township.
Kenakena has one.
Lets hope we find a sensible, logical socially based solution to establishing and maintaining a supply of alcoholic products to our community of many diverse peoples.
When I hear these debates happening I am now always reminded of the tragedies we had with the losses of the likes of Izak Millanta and Sean Strongman-Lintern.