The Blokettes Tom Pat (left) and Kieren Reagan soak
up the sun at last year's Hyde St Party. Photo ODT Files
Could it be a case of Hyde Park to the Hyde St keg party for
the royal couple?
An official invitation will be sent to the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge asking if they want to extend their visit to a
right royal knees-up at the infamous student party.
William and Kate will visit Dunedin on April 13, where they
will attend a Palm Sunday church service at St Paul's
Cathedral and watch Rippa rugby at Forsyth Barr Stadium
before flying to Queenstown.
Before the royal visit was confirmed, a tentative date for
the annual keg party had already been pencilled in for the
day before the royal visit.
Otago University Students' Association admin vice-president
Ryan Edgar said he ''would love the Royals to come along''.
''Probably best to come in the morning before it gets too
much fun. But there is definitely a sausage waiting for
He planned to send an official invitation to the couple but
conceded the keg party might be more Prince Harry's cup of
A spokesman for the royal tour declined to comment on the
Hyde St residents had their first meeting on Monday night to
discuss the keg party, which was likely to have a ticketing
system like last year.
The number of partygoers was expected to be slightly up on
last year's event, which attracted 3500 people.
Proceeds from ticket sales would go towards the costs of
running the event.
Others involved in the party preparations include the Dunedin
City Council, emergency services and the university.
A police spokeswoman said staff were aware of the possibility
of the party being held on the eve of the visit and were
Royal rugby fun day
• The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will watch Rippa rugby
and local entertainment at Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 13.
• The best seats will be ticketed and 4000 premium seats will
be available from 9am on Monday, March 31 at the Forsyth Barr
Stadium Gate A box office or via www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
• Tickets are free, with normal courier delivery charges
applying for tickets booked online.
• General stand admission without a ticket is possible on the
day of the event.