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District Licensing Committee

The Committee is established under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The objectives of the Act are to minimise the harm caused by excessive and inappropriate drinking and that the sale and supply of alcohol is undertaken safely and responsibly.

The Committee will consider all applications for on-licences, off-licences, club licences, special licences, temporary authorities, and manager's certificates.

Five individuals have now been appointed to act on Palmerston North's DLC, they are:

  • Murray Torwick has been appointed as the chairperson of the DLC. For 25 years he served as a police officer and during this time held various positions including liquor licensing sergeant, a member of the Organised Crime Unit, O/C Tactical Patrol and O/C Negotiators, sectional sergeant and prosecutions, and dog handler. Murray has a proven track record as a project manager and has formally trained in planning, organisation and command. Murray has formal police training in many legal areas including evidence, health and safety, sale of alcohol and the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Anthony (Tony) Brown was general manager of Massey University Students' Association for over 15 years and he project managed the new Massey Student bar. Tony a managing director of Loss Control Management Systems for three years following which he was a safety consultant with the Accident Compensation Corporation.
  • Graeme Newbery recently retired as 2IC Traffic Support Unit with the Police after a 37 year career. For about ten years he was the Health & Safety representative for the Police Association. Graeme is an experienced training instructor from his time with the Ministry of Transport and the Police.
  • Nikki Speedy was for the last three years a City Councillor, a Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner and a Board Member of the ManawatÅ«/Whanganui Lotteries Commission. She has a strong understanding of both council and government regulation including a good understanding of meeting and hearing procedures.
  • Councillor Susan Baty has been appointed as deputy chairperson of the DLC under section 189(3) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The duties of a deputy chairperson of a DLC are limited to acting in place of the chairperson (Murray Torwick) if the chairperson is unable to act because of ill-health, or absence from New Zealand, or for other sufficient reason. The deputy chairperson is not otherwise involved in the DLC decision making process.

Decisions of the DLC can be found by clicking on this link.

Further information on Liquor Licensing can be found by clicking on this link.