The Hyde St keg party will not ''truly'' be a success
until students stop drinking as much, University of Otago
vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.
Prof Hayne made the comments at yesterday's university
The once notorious keg party has attracted praise from
authorities - herself included - in recent years.
Her comments came after council member Judge Oke Blaikie
asked whether fewer people were injured during last month's
party than in previous events.
Prof Hayne said despite recording ''steady and significant''
declines in the number of injuries and hospital admissions,
she was still not completely satisfied with the event.
''It won't truly be a success ... until we can take some of
the edge off the very dangerous intoxication.''
She would work with the Otago University Students'
Association to decrease the levels of drunkenness at next
year's event, ''particularly amongst young women''.
She was ''cautiously optimistic'' about its future.
After this year's party, Dunedin Clutha Waitaki relieving
area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said the crowd was
good-natured and the party mostly trouble-free, with 10
people arrested during the day.
St John Otago territory manager Doug Third said 45 people
were treated for injuries at the party, seven being taken to
hospital, compared with 60 people treated last year.