R&V granted special licence
The Gisborne District Licencing Committee has approved a special licence application from R&V Live Nation to sell alcohol up until 5am on 1 January 2019.
Releasing its reserved decision, the committee said it took into account the applicants’ positive history in managing all aspects of the festival, as well as the unique nature of the event.
No public objections to the festival were received and ticket sales indicated strong public support.
A report by Council’s licencing inspector recommended discretionary conditions including a one-way door policy from 1am and the number of drinks patrons can buy reducing progressively from 9.30pm on December 31.
The recommended conditions could provide confidence that R&V Live Nation will operate a festival and camping ground bar areas in a manner that meets the objectives of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the report said.
The hours of operation are the same as the last festival, however are outside of those in the new Local Alcohol Policy adopted by Council in March this year. The committee issued the licence taking into regard the measures put in place by the applicant.
This will be the 16th year of R&V, with 20,000 patrons expected including 13,000 camping onsite.
Here's a link to the temporary alcohol ban details for Rhythm & Vines