Alcohol licence applications and hearings

Contested (opposed) and uncontested (unopposed) applications are decided by the District Licensing Committee. The applications include:

  • new or renewed alcohol licences
  • manager's certificates
  • temporary authorities
  • special licences.

Unopposed applications and decisions

If no objection is lodged raising any matter in opposition to the application, the District Licensing Committee Chairperson will consider the application and make the decision.

Monthly unopposed decisions

A monthly summary of all unopposed applications considered for the last 6 months are listed below:

May 2024

Summary of unopposed applications - May 2024(PDF, 209KB)

April 2024

Summary of unopposed applications - April 2024(PDF, 216KB)

March 2024

Summary of unopposed applications - March 2024(PDF, 214KB)

February 2024

Summary of unopposed applications - February 2024(PDF, 223KB)

January 2024

Summary of unopposed applications - January 2024(PDF, 185KB)

December 2023

Summary of unopposed applications - December 2023(PDF, 209KB)

November 2023

Summary of unopposed applications - November 2023(PDF, 232KB)

Opposed applications - hearings, agendas and decisions

All opposed alcohol licensing applications must be heard by the District Licensing Committee at a public hearing.

A District Licensing Committee hearing is a formal process similar to a court hearing. The District Licensing Committee Chairperson and two appointed District Licensing Committee members hear the application. 

Hearings are reasonably formal so that applications are dealt with consistently and fairly. All parties are given an equal opportunity to present their views.

Hearings are usually held at:

Whangarei District Council Chambers
Te Iwitahi
9 Rust Avenue

District licensing committee hearings are open to the public, including members of the press. 

On occasion, it may be necessary to exclude the public from some parts of a hearing (for example when the Committee feels the privacy of an individual needs to be protected).

Agendas and decisions (opposed applications)

All District Licensing Committee public hearing agendas and decisions considered for the last six months are listed below.

Monday 7 August 2023 at 9:00am

To determine an On Licence application by Pixie Limited (premises: Jolt Cafe).

Agenda - Pixie Limited - Jolt Cafe(PDF, 142KB)

Decision - Pixie Limited - Jolt Cafe - 7 August 2023(PDF, 274KB)

What happens at a hearing

The usual procedure for a District Licensing Committee hearing is as follows:

Step 1: welcome and introduction

The Chairperson introduces the committee members and briefly outlines the procedure for the hearing. 

The Chairperson also confirms that the committee members don’t have any conflicts of interest and are able to consider the application impartially. 

Step 2: application and correspondence

The applicant presents his/her case either personally or through a representative, legal counsel or consultants. They may call witnesses in support of the application. 

The applicant and all witnesses will be required to take either an oath on the Bible or an affirmation. 

The committee members and reporting agencies (Police, Medical Officer of Health and Licensing Inspector) cross question the applicant and the witnesses. 

Step 3: Submissions

Reporting agencies (Police, Fire Service, Medical Officer of Health and Licensing Inspector etc.) are sworn and then called upon to speak, make their submissions or present evidence.

The applicant and objectors may also ask them questions when it’s their turn to cross-examine.

Step 4: objector's statement

Objectors cannot introduce new grounds for objecting, but can present evidence to support their reasons for objecting.

The committee members, chairperson and the reporting agencies can ask questions about the evidence.

Step 5: applicant's statement / evidence

The applicant or representative has the right to summarise the application and reply to matters raised by objections. 

Committee members may ask further questions at this stage.

Step 6: closure of hearing

After hearing is closed, non-members (the applicant, objectors and their representatives) leave the room.

The District Licensing Committee will then deliberate and will release its decision in writing in due course.