An Arrowtown hotelier has gained a liquor licence despite his past problems with the bottle.
Going against police opposition, the Liquor Licensing Authority has granted a general manager’s certificate to Arrow Private Hotel operator Tim Hemingway.
Hemingway has admitted previous convictions, including driving drunk in 1997 and again in 2007, and also driving while disqualified in 2007.
The LLA discussed Hemingway’s admissions over “liquor abuse”, noting he’d undertaken counselling with a Wakatipu psychologist.
“In addition, he’s attended an Australian in-house retreat known as ‘Golden Door’ which was intended to assist him in dealing with lifestyle and alcohol abuse issues,” the LLA notes.
Hemingway’s licence was granted on his undertaking only to sell or supply liquor to patrons or their guests at his five-suite hotel.
Contacted by Mountain Scene, Hemingway said his liquor licence “is entirely appropriate for what I’m trying to do”.
“I’m not interested in a story about things that may or may not have happened in the past.”