Tuesday night's toga party at Forsyth Barr Stadium has been
hailed as a roaring success, with student behaviour singled
out for praise by both the University of Otago and OUSA.
Otago University director of student services David
Richardson said the night was a ''highlight of O Week''.
''A good time was had by all and we are very pleased it went
so well. We continue to strongly encourage students to have a
good time, but to also keep safe and behave respectfully
towards everyone in the Dunedin community,'' Mr Richardson
He was also keen to point out that the people arrested at a
Castle St party on Tuesday night were not Otago students.
Otago University Students' Association communications
co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston said the night was a ''great
''We had a great turnout and the night ran smoothly. It was a
great start to our music events for the week,'' he said.
As far as he knew, no students had been ejected from the
event and only a small number were taken home by OUSA's ''Are
You OK?'' team.
Police officers at the event had also praised it for being
well run, he said.
He said the entertainment on offer was lapped up by the about
2700 students who went along.
''We had the Dunedin O-Taiko Drummers open the event and
[they] were a huge crowd-pleaser, then DJ's Swaren Veygal and
50Cal played a fantastic set for the crowd.
''Backing up the music, we had visual effects including
flame, confetti and CO2 cannons as well as laser lights, a
big screen for the crowd and beach balls,'' he said.
A small number of students who had not redeemed their tickets
for wrist bands at the OUSA office - as they had been advised
to do - were delayed from entering the stadium.