The Verandah restaurant at Waiheke Island’s Cable Bay Vineyards has been refused consent, despite having opened in 2014. The venue has been the subject of a number of complaints to the Auckland Council over building restrictions and noisy functions and after finally having applied for retrospective consent, had its application denied.

“We were informed that there have been six convictions, two abatement notices, an infringement notice, ten ‘excessive noise directions’, and many noise complaints lodged with council in relation to activities on the site since 2012,” said commissioner Les Simmons. The commission noted that a restaurant and function centre was not suitable for the rural surrounds, especially considering director Loukas Petrou’s application for the venue to hold an unlimited number of guests.

“The outdoor use of the site as proposed introduces numbers of people and a level of activity that is significantly more intensive than can be reasonably expected in this low density rural-residential environment,” they stated.