The Hyde St Keg Party in full swing. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The future of the Hyde St keg party appears secure after
this year's event was hailed a resounding success by organisers
and those involved in it.
Otago University Students' Association marketing and
communications co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston said between
3000 and 3500 had attended the event, which resulted in fewer
arrests and paramedic treatment than last year's party.
''We are really happy with it ... and it was awesome to see
everyone having a great time,'' he said.
Dunedin Clutha Waitaki relieving area commander Inspector
Jason Guthrie said the crowd was good-natured and the party
Ten people were arrested for minor behavioural offending
during the day.
''The atmosphere ... has been generally good with only a
minority of people creating issues for themselves and
others,'' Insp Guthrie said.
He praised the planning by agencies involved, and in
particular the OUSA, which had taken the event ''to another
level'', he said.
It had created ''what appears to be a safer and more
A spokesman for Dunedin Hospital said there were 20
presentations to the emergency department related to the
''It's fairly low, about 15% of all presentations for the
day, and it didn't have a big operational impact on ED,'' he
Of the 20, nine were treated for the effects of alcohol or
St John Otago territory manager Doug Third said 45 people
were treated for injuries at the party with seven taken to
hospital, down by 15 on the 60 people treated last year.
''This year we built on the success of last year with all the
extra safety things that we put into place,'' he said.
He was ''very pleased'' with the ''multi-agency approach to
making it a safer event'' and that the event was a success,
Dunedin Fire Service assistant area commander Phil Marsh said
a fire command unit and two staff attended the party.
''We've aligned with the lead agency, which is the police,
this year and we haven't had to do too much, to be honest ...
which is great from our point of view.''
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said
she spent most of the day at the party and she thought it was
''incredibly well organised''.
Mr Johnston said the OUSA was ''stoked'' with the behaviour
of this year's party-goers.
He hoped its success would secure the party for the next 20