5 Jun 2012

Bar's licence suspended for hiding drunk patrons

11:54 am on 5 June 2012

An Auckland karaoke bar has had its liquor licence suspended for six weeks after staff concealed two drunk customers from police during the Rugby World Cup.

Partyworld in Newton was raided as part of a police and Auckland Council crackdown during the 2011 tournament.

Police say that when they entered the bar they saw someone carrying a woman who appeared to be unconscious into a private karaoke booth.

They subsequently found two women in the booth, both too drunk to answer any questions.

The Liquor Licensing Authority said it appears the women were hidden because bar staff panicked when they saw police.

The authority said the bar had since fired the duty manager who was working that night.

In its ruling, the authority said Partyworld had breached its licence three times since 2008. It suspended the bar's licence for 42 days.