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District licensing committee

The district licensing committee considers all alcohol licence applications in Palmerston North.

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.

Council has appointed five people to act on its district licensing committee.

Murray Torwick (chair)

Murray served as a police officer for 25 years. During this time he 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.

Susan Baty (deputy chair)

Councillor Baty's duties as deputy chair 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 committee's decision-making process.

Anthony (Tony) Brown

Tony was general manager of Massey University Students' Association for more than 15 years and he project managed the new Massey student bar. He was a managing director of Loss Control Management Systems for three years before becoming a safety consultant with the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Graeme Newbery

Graeme is retired from a 37-year career in the Police, where he was second in command of the traffic support unit. He was also the health and safety rep for the Police Association for about 10 years. Graeme is an experienced training instructor from his time with the Ministry of Transport and the Police.

Nikki Speedy

Nicky is a Resource Management Act hearings commissioner, a board member of the Manawatū/Whanganui Lotteries Commission and a former Palmerston North city councillor. She has a strong understanding of both council and government regulation including a good understanding of meeting and hearing procedures.