Strip club’s ‘contrived’ licence bid


A Queenstown strip club’s birthday party featuring a “slave auction” and a “two girls adult show” has been slammed as contrived.

Shotover Street’s Club 88 applied for a special trading licence on Easter Sunday to celebrate its third birthday.

But there was to be no cake or speeches,and the R20 event – dubbed “Leather and Lace” – was two months after the actual date.

At a hearing yesterday, Public Health South medical officer of health Derek Bell said: “The event has all the appearance of having been contrived in order for the premises to trade on a day for which normal trading is prohibited by law.”

The committee refused Queenstown Hospitality Ltd’s application and district licensing committee chairman judge Bill Unwin, a retired district court judge, apologised to regulatory agencies for having their time wasted.

The application – which Unwin said lacked integrity – was heavy criticised by police, the medical officer of health and Queenstown’s council. 

The event was being promoted as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

But Bell said he had a letter from the foundation saying it had no knowledge of it, and would not want to be associated with such an event on Easter Sunday.

Sergeant Linda Stevens, of Queenstown, said the event’s run sheet did not include a birthday cake or speeches, and was simply “business as usual” for the venue.

“It appears to be a contrived event to circumvent the normal trading hours.”

Club 88 manager Richard Peterson was representing the company at the hearing because owners Adam Nagy and John Jones were overseas until Saturday.

The event was to feature pole dancing, a “slave auction”, fire breathing and a “two girls adult show”.

Peterson says he’s “a little miffed” the company’s owners had not contacted the Breast Cancer Foundation. 

It is the second year the committee has considered applications for special liquor licences during Easter weekend.

The committee was formed after the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came into effect in December 2013.

The law gives local authorities more control over their liquor licensing area.

Otago Daily Times