COUNTRY CLUB CASE
DANCE HALL OR HOUSE?
A question which Mr. F. K. Hunt, S.M., was asked to decide, in the Police Court to-day. is whether the premises known as the Titirangi Country Club are those of a dwellinghouse or a dance hall within the meaning of Section 59 of the Statutes Amendment Act. This was the question put to Mr Hunt by Mr. L. P. Learv. who appeared on behalf of Max Archer charged on summons that, being a person having the management of a dance hall, he permitted intoxicating liquor to be taken in when a public dance was being held, and kept liquor on the premises for other persons. Altogether five breaches were alleged. To all charges a plea of not guilty was entered. J Senior-Sergeant Joyce outlined the
facts, which were not disputed by the defendant. These were that on Sunday, April 27. two constables entered the club, each accompanied by a lady. Each paid 10/ for a double ticket. The constables took their own liquor with them, and this was handed to a barman. About 00 c<?uples were present on this occasion. Meals were available at the club. Mr. Leary admitted that liquor had rf en consumed on the premises and that Archer was the manager. also that the premises were in a nolicense area, but he would not admit tnat the premises were those of a
restaurant and that the premise® came within the meaning of all the offences alleged. Mr. Leary added that in 1939 Mr. George Hunter took w„ e tni th £j? ase of } hc , Premises from Hotel Titirangi, Ltd., and entered into occupation of them with his wife and family and other relatives Mr. Hunter continued to run the country club as part of his own home and was pleased to have people about the place at regulated times. Amenities For Members "T, he , re are 100 members who are entitled to many amenities, such as the use of tennis courts, a ping pon~ table swimming and the like." said Mr. Learv. "Members are entitled to use the premises at all times, and are not merely confined to Saturday nights, which are gala nights. Mi-. Hunter secured the services of Mr Archer as manager, Mr. Archer having had some exxperience in conducting such a place. I would point out that the premises are frequented by most respectable people, and that the club is run on high-class lines v Y2? o] e thing has been a hobbv with Mr. Hunter, who is a man of some means. And I might say that it has been run at a loss. Everything that has been done has been a fectly straight proceeding."
Mr. Leary submitted that tlie premises were not those of a dance hall but those of a dwelling house and he was developing his local argument along these lines when the hearing was adjourned until Mondav afternoon. 3
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NOVEL DEFENCE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 156, 4 July 1941
NOVEL DEFENCE Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 156, 4 July 1941
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