Retro bar forced to close

BEN STRANG
Last updated 17:26 11/12/2012

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Paraparaumu's Retro Bar can no longer sell alcohol after the Liquor Licensing Authority chose not to renew the on-licence for the Kapiti Lights night-spot.

Kapiti Police are ''extremely happy'' with the decision, effective from today, after opposing the renewal of the bar's licence during a three day hearing last month.

''The authority has today released its reserved decision,'' Kapiti police Sergeant Jacquie Muir said.

''They say they are not satisfied that this licensee has the will, initiative or judgmental ability to continue to operate these premises without liquor abuse problems occurring.

''In March this year, we advised the licensees of the Retro Bar, and one other tavern in the Kapiti Lights area, that we were closely monitoring them to ensure their obligations under the Sale of Liquor Act were being met.''

She said following the serious concerns raised around alcohol-related harm, one bar made significant improvements.

''The Retro did not, so it was no surprise this ended up in an application to the licensing authority.

''Today's decision and the recent introduction of an alcohol free zone between 9pm and 6am will go a long way towards reducing alcohol-fuelled disorder and offending throughout the Kapiti Coast.''

Police opposition to the bar's licence renewal follows two violent deaths stemming from assaults in the Kapiti Lights area this year.

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