A Hastings licensing committee has granted the Mongrel Mob a liquor licence for its 50th birthday party, defying police, local government and health authorities.
Several hundred Mob members are expected to turn out to a paddock near a tavern in Te Aute for tomorrow's celebrations after a special liquor licence was granted for the event.
Hawke's Bay Today reports Hastings District Licensing Committee approved the application despite opposition from police, Hawke's Bay District Health Board and the Hastings District Council Liquor Licence Inspector.
The committee reportedly said it focused on minimising harm and being reasonable, given that the event would go ahead whether or not the licence was granted.
Conditions include alcohol only being sold between 5.30pm and 1.30am, the venue being cleared by 2am, a one drink per serve policy, Maori Wardens being present and a maximum of 400 people attending by ticket or invitation.