Leave it to the local boards

September 24th, 2009 at 2:30 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Publicans in suburban 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 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.

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8 Responses to “Leave it to the local boards”

  1. Johnboy (15,891 comments) says:

    “Local bars responded to the patrons’ needs, which meant they needed flexibility.”

    Operators of the local cathouses need to do the same. Wonder what new rules the ACC have in store for them?

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  2. nickb (3,686 comments) says:

    What kind of muppet would have a big enough ego to sit on a council and tell the public how and when they are allowed to have fun?

    Stop messing in peoples lives, stop destroying the legal business of law-abiding citizens, and stop carrying on like boring puritanical wowsers

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  3. CharlieBrown (986 comments) says:

    Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen, the majority of people who get involved in any form of local government, be it city councils down to local boards, usually tend to be vocal minority’s. To make it worse, the vocal minority are often not affected by whatever they are against, but against it on idealogical reasons. Its time to restrict local government down to solely running water, roads, sewerage and any other necessary service.

    Licensing rules are a complete waste of time and are completely unfair to those that are actually affected by them.

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  4. campit (467 comments) says:

    why doesn’t the Auckland City Council not make any changes at all to licensing rules, and wait for the Super City.

    Well, you could apply this logic to just about decision from here on in now couldn’t you?

    I would argue that the current Councils still have a job to do – elected councillors and officials are getting paid to do a job and they should carry on and do it, right on up to the Super City election.

    But I fear bureaucratic constipation is already setting in. And any big expenditure needs to be signed off by the Transition Agency. The reality will be to expect zero progress on anything significant from now until about six months after the Super City elections. “Leave it to the Super City” will be a constant refrain.

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  5. ernesto (257 comments) says:

    Wow, talk about prescient, Cr Bhatnagar sure hit the nail on the head adopting the moniker Barzini. Doesn’t he realise that we voted for Cit/rats to get away from nanny state. Bhatnagar looks like the kind of stuffy prep school nonce who has never been to a real pub and takes his tie off to go ‘casual’. He certainly hasn’t been to the Kings Arms. Hopefully John Banks can shine some ‘real world’ experience to bring about a common sense solution. Bhatnagar is coming across like a tory Darren Hughes telling us all what is so good for us.

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  6. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Is Bhatagar evidence off the theory that as these laissez-faire types age they become more socialist? Next thing you know he will be sitting alongside Keith Locke in the big house as a way to fill in those idle hours that bedevil the silver-spooners.

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  7. Jeff83 (771 comments) says:

    As a serious question when is the new Supercity set to become a reality?

    Also as a side note, I can forsee the first part of the transition being quite messy as there are so many systems to combine from different councils etc + complete changing of roles, so when exactly the new Supercity will be ina position to start making new policy / decisions will also be an interesting question.

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  8. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    DPF that suggestion is doomed to failure as it is uses common sense and as we all know local council and common sense are generally mutually exclusive.

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