Paraparaumu Ward Councillor
The owner’s of Paraparaumu’s Retro Bar should voluntarily, and significantly, reduce their opening hours as a show of good faith to a community shocked by the tragic killing of teenager Izak Millanta. Failure to do so could inflame growing public protest.
This voluntary reduction should stay until the community and the relevant authorities, including the police and Kāpiti Coast District Council, work out the quickest way of making the area around Kāpiti Lights safe for all. Many already feel it’s not acceptable to have a bar open so late.
Demands for a shut down
There’s already increasing public demand by concerned parents for the Retro Bar to be closed down. I would advise the owners to take this conciliatory and community-minded step to dampen what could inflame into a massive public protest demanding immediate closure.
The Kāpiti Lights area has been identified by Police and Social Services as the least safe place in Paraparaumu and one of the least safe places on the Coast. Bar owners at Kāpiti Lights know this. Earlier this year councillors were informed there had been a meeting of bar owners, Kāpiti Patrol, Maori Wardens, KCDC and the Police to discuss ways to make the Kapiti Lights area a safer place.
One of the measures is the introduction of a bylaw to establish an Alcohol Free Space. This would allow police the power to confiscate alcohol from people turning the car park into an open bar.