The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) has introduced a new decision-making body for applications for alcohol licences and managers' certificates - the District Licensing Committee (DLC).

From 18 December 2013, the role of DLCs is to consider and determine all new and renewal applications, whether opposed or unopposed.

Christchurch has appointed four DLCs, each made up of a Commissioner and two persons from an approved list.

People approved as list members or appointed as a Commissioner to the DLC:

  • Commissioners: Paul Rogers, Robin Wilson, Grant Buchanan, Al Lawn
  • List of members: Paul Rogers, Robin Wilson, Grant Buchanan, Al Lawn, Tanya Surrey, Paul Buttell, David Blackwell, John Verry.

The Act permits the Commissioner sitting alone to determine uncontested applications. Any contested application is dealt with by way of public hearing.

More information on upcoming public hearings and agendas.

All licence applications are required to be publicly notified.

The public can object to an application for an alcohol licence if they have an interest greater than the public in general.

If there are no objections the application may be granted without a public hearing. If there are objections a public hearing will be held unless the objection is deemed vexatious or the applicant does not require a hearing.

In considering any application for a licence, the DLC must consider various criteria.

The decision makers cannot take into account the impacts of the licence on business conducted under any other licence or other matters not covered by the criteria.

Note: District Plan consent requirements must be met before a licence is applied for.


Decisions of the DLC

Every decision of the DLC must be publicly notified. You can search decisions of the DLC below.

If you were a party to proceedings and disagree with the DLC’s decision you can appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA). Appeals are dealt with by way of a rehearing. You need to give a notice of appeal to ARLA within 10 working days of the date of the decision being notified to you.

There is a cost for filing an appeal.

For more information on appeals go to the Ministry of Justice Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority webpage(external link).

For assistance in locating a decision, please contact 


Decisions arising from a Hearing

Decisions arising from a hearing of the Christchurch District Licensing Committee are listed below. Additional decisions will be added as they become available.

Name Date Decision
Darren John Matthews [PDF, 15 KB] 25 July 2017 60D [2017] 1747
Harewood Bottle Store [PDF, 92 KB]  25 July 2017 60C [2017] 1766
Liquorpoint NZ [PDF, 30 KB] 19 July 2017 60C [2017] 1717
A Rolling Stone [PDF, 178 KB]  19 July 2017  60B [2017] 1724 
Bealey Speights Ale House [PDF, 16 KB]  8 June 2017 60C [2017] 1364
Bottle Store On Selwyn Street [PDF, 85 KB]  8 June 2017 60B [2017] 1361
Riccarton Wines & Spirits [PDF, 50 KB] 21 June 2017 60D [2017] 1450
Vodka Plus Limited [PDF, 54 KB] 16 May 2017 60B [2017] 1102
Lauren Ann Timms [PDF, 17 KB]  6 April 2017 60B [2017] 808
Tigga Design [PDF, 16 KB]  30 March 2017 60D [2017] 755
Tigga Design [PDF, 16 KB]  30 March 2017 60D [2017] 754
PM Liquor Limited [PDF, 50 KB]  29 March 2017 60D [2017] 739
Kelly Anne Jeffs [PDF, 17 KB] 27 February 2017 60B [2017] 437
Kimberley Denise Brownie [PDF, 17 KB]  27 February 2017 60B [2017] 436
Peceli Bulivakarua [PDF, 21 KB]  27 February 2017 60B [2017] 432
Countdown Church Corner [PDF, 22 KB] 20 February 2017 60C [2017] 405
Wendy Xu [PDF, 18 KB]  20 February 2017 60D [2017] 409
Craic Irish Bar [PDF, 20 KB]  25 January 2017 60B [2017] 130
Craic Irish Bar [PDF, 17 KB]  17 January 2017 60B [2017] 130
Super Liquor Ilam [PDF, 8.9 KB]  22 December 2016 60A [2016] 3394
Fillosophy [PDF, 22 KB]  13 December 2016 60C [2016] 3263
Friends of Cathedral Grammar [PDF, 20 KB]  12 December 2016 60C [2016] 3236
Siera Alani Dearden [PDF, 17 KB] 28 November 2016 60C [2016] 3083
Rough Diamond Café Ltd [PDF, 30 KB] (Rough Diamond Café) 2 November 2016 60C [2016] 2855
Harewood School PTA [PDF, 23 KB] 6 October 2016 60D [2016] 2602
Cashmere Primary School [PDF, 24 KB] 6 October 2016 60D [2016] 2601
St Joseph's School [PDF, 25 KB]  6 October 2016 60D [2016] 2600
Christchurch Golf Club [PDF, 17 KB] 4 October 2016 60B [2016] 2534
Heathcote Valley School [PDF, 25 KB] 29 September 2016 60C [2016] 2447
Rough Diamond Café Ltd [PDF, 17 KB] (Rough Diamond Café) (adjourned)  15 September 2016 60C [2016] 2280
David John Marshall [PDF, 12 KB] 1 September 2016 60D [2016] 2195
Sara Katarina Olsson [PDF, 16 KB] 1 September 2016 60D [2016] 2194
John Malachi Taylor [PDF, 12 KB] 1 September 2016 60D [2016] 2193
Gurjot Singh [PDF, 12 KB] 1 September 2016 60D [2016] 2192
Teneka Louise Spooner [PDF, 13 KB]
(Corrigendum to Decision 60D [2016] 2115)
31 August 2016 60D [2016] 2191
Gaetan Gilles Chapon [PDF, 21 KB] 29 August 2016 60D [2016] 2116
Teneka Louise Spooner [PDF, 22 KB]  29 August 2016 60D [2016] 2115
Renee Tania Puru  [PDF, 12 KB] 10 August 2016 60A [2016] 1958
Barcode Hornby Ltd (Snafu) [PDF, 10 KB]  4 August 2016 60B [2016] 1916
Naidu Ravinesh [PDF, 15 KB]  3 August 2016 60C [2016] 1901
Robert John Smith [PDF, 19 KB] 13 July 2016 60C [2016] 1683
Jemma Stevie Anne Beran [PDF, 19 KB] 13 July 2016 60C [2016] 1680
Christopher Mathew Gale [PDF, 14 KB] 13 July 2016 60C [2016] 1679
Robbies Bar and Bistro [PDF, 13 KB] 4 July 2016 60C [2016] 1602
Jumbo Chinese Restaurant Ltd (Celines Bar and Restaurant) [PDF, 42 KB] 4 July 2016 60C [2016] 1601
Wairakei Liquor Centre [PDF, 9.4 KB] 17 June 2016 60A [2016] 1413
B & S Liquor [PDF, 28 KB] 9 June 2016 60C [2016] 1357
Town Tonic [PDF, 10 KB] 9 June 2016 60A [2016] 1347
Caliente Kitchens [PDF, 25 KB] 30 June 2016 60C [2016] 1212
Sarah Jane Heenan [PDF, 23 KB]  16 May 2016 60D [2016] 1090
Francis Phillip Ayres [PDF, 15 KB]  12 May 2016 60D [2016] 1091
Belfast Liquor Store [PDF, 72 KB] 9 May 2016 60B [2016] 2007
Melissa Barry [PDF, 15 KB] 5 May 2016 60C [2016] 1008
Carl James Eden [PDF, 15 KB] 5 May 2016 60C [2016] 1009
Jemma Stevie Anne Beran [PDF, 20 KB] (adjourned) 4 May 2016 60C [2016] 982
Fresh Choice Parklands [PDF, 9.7 KB]  16 March 2016 60B [2016] 479
World Buskers Festival Trust [PDF, 17 KB]  18 December 2015 60C [2015] 3027
S R Jiang Limited (More Pool) [PDF, 41 KB]  18 December 2015 60B [2015] 3026
The Stables Ltd [PDF, 28 KB]  15 December 2015 60D [2015] 2987
Jumbo Chinese Restaurant Ltd (Celines Restaurant) [PDF, 32 KB] 8 December 2015 60C [2015] 2933
Golden Boat Restaurant Ltd
[PDF, 15 KB]
(Corrigendum to Decision)
30 November 2015 60C [2015] 2842
Golden Boat Restaurant Ltd [PDF, 31 KB] 18 November 2015 60C [2015] 2683
Preet Pvt Ltd (Warrington Liquor Store) [PDF, 34 KB] 16 November 2015 60C [2015] 2677
Casino Bar Limited (Calendar Girls) [PDF, 69 KB]  10 November 2015 60B [2015] 2640
Jovanne Pietersee [PDF, 13 KB] 6 November 2015 60C [2015] 2589
Stephen Black [PDF, 17 KB]  22 October 2015 60B [2015] 2460
Sarah-Jane Eckhold [PDF, 17 KB]  22 October 2015 60B [2015] 2459
Sarah Henry [PDF, 17 KB]  22 October 2015 60B [2015] 2458
Mahina-Arangi Webber [PDF, 17 KB]  22 October 2015 60B [2015] 2457
Daniel Tyce [PDF, 17 KB]  22 October 2015 60B [2015] 2456
Cassandra Doherty [PDF, 23 KB] 8 October 2015 60B [2015] 2271
Golden Boat Restaurant [PDF, 16 KB] 5 October 2015 60C [2015] 2240
Ramandip Singh [PDF, 22 KB]  20 August 2015 60C [2015] 1937
Jaylene Saunders [PDF, 16 KB] 20 August 2015  60C [2015] 1840
L & J Trading Ltd (Spagalimi's New Brighton) [PDF, 144 KB]  20 August 2015  60C [2015] 1860
Russell Wayne Kenny [PDF, 11 KB] 7 August 2015 60A [2015] 1710
PM Liquors Ltd (The Liquor Shop) [PDF, 77 KB]  29 July 2015 60C [2015] 1642
Noir 14 Limited (The Town Tonic) [PDF, 36 KB]  9 July 2015  60B [2015] 1453
Mananui Pty Ltd (the Corner Bar) [PDF, 34 KB] 
2 July 2015  60C [2015] 1387 
Ruth Amy Mair [PDF, 27 KB]
1 July 2015  60C [2015] 1383
Nomads United AFC Inc.  2 June 2015 60D [2015] 1097
L & J Trading Ltd (Spagalimi's New Brighton)  25 May 2015 60D [2015] 1049
Brown's of Sumner Ltd (Supervalue Sumner)  16 April 2015 60C [2015] 728
Pristine Investments Ltd (Yaldhurst Hotel) 4 April 2015 60D [2015] 583
Wunderbar  31 March 2015 60C [2015] 626
Sarah Jane Heenan  20 March 2015 60D [2015] 584
Caliente Kitchens Ltd (Tequila Mockingbird)  23 December 2014 60B [2014] 2958 
Josias Alberton  9 December 2014 60D [2014] 2838
Persian Kitchen Ltd  1 December 2014 60C [2014] 2733
L Hotel Akaroa Ltd  3 September 2014 60C [2014] 1946
B & S Liquor Ltd  21 July 2014 60C [2014] 1582
Bond Markets Ltd (Bishopdale New World)  17 July 2014 60C [2014] 1565
Wunderbar 3 July 2014 60C [2014] 1549
Lion Liquor Retail Ltd (Liquor King Bush Inn) 26 May 2014 60C [2014] 1110
Ashleigh Summers  16 May 2014 60D[2014] 1070
Redux Café and Wine Bar
2 May 2014 60C [2014] 867
Pegasus 2011 Ltd (Pegasus Arms)  16 April 2014 60D [2014] 1069
Janhurst Holdings Ltd (Cruz)  14 April 2014 60D [2014] 1015
Southern Sun Distillery 2012 Ltd (Thirsty Liquor Pages Road) 9 April 2014 60D [2014] 1014