ROCC opposes Opal Lounge Appeal

ROCC has opposed an appeal made by the owners of the Opal Lounge (a pokie tavern in South Otahuhu).

The Opal Lounge is trying to appeal a decision of the Auckland District Licensing Committee to refuse their licence because their accounts were not in order and they were not primarily a tavern, but a gambling den.

However, because the owners filed their appeal outside the 10 working day requirement, they also had to ask for an extension of time. ROCC has also challenged that.

Such an extension can only be given if there was reasonable cause for the failure to appeal within the 10 working day time period.

 ROCC says there is no reasonable cause.

In addition, the owners had a history in their initial application of failing to meet other time requirements and include the correct notices in the local newspaper.

Moreover, ROCC also pointed to comments by the Auckland District Licensing Committee that were very critical about the non-attendance and poor attitude of the owner of the Opal Lounge in that hearing.

ROCC is awaiting the outcome of the application for an extension of time.

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