The Herald reports:
Publicans in suburban Auckland reckon the city council should leave the running of neighbourhood bars to the locals.
There’s a difference between suburban bars and inner-city boozers, says Jason Breen, managing director of Remuera’s Villager restaurant and bar.
Local bars responded to the patrons’ needs, which meant they needed flexibility.
Mr Breen is saying leave it to the local bar owners, but it got me thinking about another issue – why doesn’t the Auckland City Council not make any changes at all to licensing rules, and wait for the Super City.
Because then the new local boards will be able to set rules for their local communities, rather than have them set centrally. That would seem a win-win.