Sting catches out bars

Southern police are disappointed with the number of Fiordland premises selling alcohol to minors.

Te Anau police and Public Health ran a joint controlled alcohol purchase operation on Saturday to test compliance of licensed premises with their obligations under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.

Constable Glenn Matheson, of Te Anau, said the sting visited 17 premises between 11am and 8pm, using a 16-year-old to attempt to buy alcohol.

Of those, seven sold alcohol to the 16-year-old.

In five of the 17 premises visited no age was asked or identification sought and in others there was no duty managers present on the premises, he said. "This result was extremely disappointing."

The alleged offences would be reported to the Liquor Licensing Authority.

Sergeant Wing-Wah Ng, of Invercargill, said the result was unacceptable.

If people looked young the safest option was to request identification to confirm the person's age and if they did not have identification they should not be sold alcohol, he said.

The premises which sold to the 16-year-old were Bailiez Cafe, Black Dog Bar, Cafe La Dolce Vita, Hollyford Boulevard Cafe, Manapouri Lakeview Cafe and Bar, The Moose Bar, and Restaurant Ristorante Pizzeria da Toni, Mr Matheson said.

The Southland Times