Police say a proposed new liquor outlet is in the "ideal" location.
Sergeant Gavin Campbell gave evidence at a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing on Friday to consider an off-licence next to the TAB at Botany South shopping centre.
"Quite frankly, if you are going to have another liquor outlet, this is the ideal place for it."
He says the well-tenanted commercial area is clean with no foot traffic and is not near a school.
It also has a consistent police presence because officers from Ormiston station regularly use the gas station next door.
"We share the community's concerns but the reality of the world is that these things can and do exist."
The proposed liquor store has attracted vocal community opposition with residents and local businesses airing concerns in the Eastern Courier on May 4.
Barrister Jonathan Wiles says his client Ripal Postoo is a model applicant and his application was not opposed by the District Licensing Agency or police.
Mr Postoo gave the tribunal an undertaking he would not sell single units of alcohol, such as a can of beer, to avoid the outlet being used as a bar for the TAB.
Liquor licensing inspector June Walden supports the application and says the shopping centre's body corporate agrees to work with the police under the Trespass Act to effectively create a private liquor ban in the car park.
She can't say for sure if the ban will totally solve pre-loading before going to a bar but says it will give police more rights to move people on.
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman John McCracken says the board is united in its opposition to the liquor licence. He says its policy is to "strongly advocate for a sinking lid" on the number of liquor outlets, and in this case it objected to the "long" opening hours of 9am to 11pm and to the risk of pre-loading in the car park.
The board produced a scientific report which says each additional off-licence was associated with an additional 85.4 "police events" a year and 10.3 motor vehicle accidents. The report also says extra stores were associated with violent offences, sexual offences and drug and alcohol offences.
Shopping centre body corporate chairman Neil Black says the group will do "whatever actions necessary" to make sure the proposed store would not impact badly on its other tenants.
Judge John Hole was concerned about conflict of interest with the District Licensing Agency and the local board both being part of Auckland Council.
Several members of the public attended the hearing to object to the proposed Super Liquor outlet. The judge thanked them for coming: "Don't think you are wasting your time. It's a very valuable part of the overall process so thank you very much indeed."
Judge Hole says it will take a couple of weeks for the tribunal to make its decision.
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