Emergency services were seeing green yesterday following a
steady stream of St Patrick's Day callouts.
A large, green-themed party at Woodhaugh Gardens attracted an
estimated 200 revellers and the attention of police in the
Sergeant Ben Butterfield, of Dunedin, said police were called
to disperse a group of largely good-natured partygoers in
nearby Malvern St.
Two of the green-clad party-goers were arrested for behaviour
offences, he said.
''There were also some reports of smashed bottles, which is
Several large parties in the North Dunedin area kept
emergency services busy, with reports of several stereos
being seized by authorities, he saidPolice also helped
ambulance staff after a female reveller cut herself on broken
The Fire Service attended several fires, including a couch
fire in Castle St just before 6pm and a mattress set alight
on Leith St two hours later.
Sgt Butterfield said it was ''disappointing fire-lighting had
made a return'' after a quiet start to the student year.
''Of course, anyone we do apprehend lighting a fire will be
dealt with by the courts, with no diversion being offered.''
- Video courtesy Dunedin Television