Kai Whakapai: The music lives on

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A speedy resolution has been agreed upon to enable Kai Whakapai (Kai) to continue hosting live music fundraising events outside its premises.

In January, Kai was told to stop hosting live music outside with immediate effect as its license did not cover it, despite no noise complaints being received.

Kai owner Roger North has been liaising with the council over the past month with the aim of finding a solution to the dilemma.

At last week’s Wanaka Community Board (WCB) meeting, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) property advisor Blake Hoger presented a recommendation to the Board.

It recommended that the WCB agree the square at the corner of Ardmore and Helwick Streets may be booked for events, including live music entertainment, by members of the public and local businesses subject to there being no more than 30 events throughout a calendar year.

Bookings are required to be made to the venue booking coordinator two weeks in advance and not before six weeks from the event.

Other conditions imposed included all decisions on bookings being at the full discretion of the Council, all events to be completed by 9.00pm, events with amplified sound shall be limited to one per day, of no more than four hours duration and with notification of the event to take place with surrounding businesses at least one week prior.

In the public forum of the WCB meeting, Roger thanked QLDC for its support in getting a resolution so quickly.

“You have put a lot of hard work in to find a solution for us (and the community.) At the outset, I was not very confident that a solution would be found. It’s a great solution. Thank you very much,” Roger said.

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