Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes

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 6pmon 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 thechanges 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.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Trade: NZ Trade Deficit Widens To A Record In September

Oct. 27 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's monthly trade deficit widened to a record in September as meat exports dropped to their lowest level in more than three years. More>>


Animal Welfare: Cruel Practices Condemned By DairyNZ Chief

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says cruel and illegal practices are not in any way condoned or accepted by the industry as part of dairy farming.

Tim says the video released today by Farmwatch shows some footage of transport companies and their workers, as well as some unacceptable behaviour by farmers of dragging calves. More>>


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


International Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news