Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes

News Release
Wednesday 16 April 2014

Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes

Rotorua District Council is to reduce liquor licence fees for cafes not open for evening trade.

The decision was made at this morning’s [16 April 2014] meeting of the council’s Strategy, Finance & Policy Committee.

The new liquor licensing arrangement means that cafes operating no later than 6pm on any day will move into a lower licence category with reduced fees. The council estimates that the changes will apply to around 10 currently licensed cafes in the district.

Councillor Karen Hunt, chair of the Rotorua District Licensing Committee, said the changes would mean a savings in annual fees for qualifying café businesses of $231, with the fee reducing from $391 to $161 per annum.

Three-yearly liquor licence renewal applications for these businesses would also reduce from the current $609.50 down to $368.

“This is an acknowledgement that these daytime businesses have different trading patterns from those that open for night-time trade. For council compliance purposes they are generally regarded as being ‘low risk’ licensed businesses and therefore our costs for monitoring and inspections are lower.

“We were approached by one cafe business and asked to have a look at whether such a change could be considered and we were happy to do so. As a result we’ve decided today to offer the same reduced fee arrangement to all similar café businesses not trading at night.

“It’s also another signal that this council wants to be a business-friendly one so we can encourage investment and support retail revitalisation in Rotorua.”

Mrs Hunt said the total cost to the council of the new reduced fees was estimated to be $9,315 a year in reduced revenue if all qualifying cafes opted into the new licensing arrangement.

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news