Story: City history and people

Sleepless nights

Sleepless nights

Until the 1990s city nightspots were able to play loud music with little fear of disturbing neighbours. But the revival of inner-city living created tension between nightclub owners and residents. In 2006 Auckland apartment dweller Kas Ikeda (pictured) complained to the city council that noise from the Empire Tavern was causing him sleepless nights. The tavern owners replied that late-night music was vital to their business. The council was in a bind: it wanted to encourage a vibrant night life while accommodating the needs of residents. Better noise insulation for city apartments was suggested as one solution.

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Growth of urban culture, 1980s–2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010