Woodhaugh resident Jeff Dickie inspects the damage to the
toddler's pool after a party yesterday. Photo by Stephen
Jeff Dickie has had a gutsful.
Walking through Woodhaugh Gardens with his daughter on their
way to school, he was appalled to discover the still
smouldering remains of a couch fire in the empty toddlers'
Native wood was piled on top of the charred remains and the
area was littered with crushed alcohol cans, shards of
glassand discarded clothing.
''People have clearly been partying up.''
His 10-year-old daughter, who had used the public amenity all
her life, was shocked to see it treated in such a manner.
Mr Dickie had a message for those party-goers - ''they should
leave Dunedin until they've grown up enough to behave like
A recent fire in the pool resulted in the surface being
Mr Dickie was so incensed by the latest incident he contacted
the University of Otago vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne to ask
her to assess the damage, but was told she was not in a
position to do so.
While the Woodhaugh resident conceded he did not know if the
offenders were students, ''all of this behaviour absolutely
stops when the students go home''.
Last month, Mr Dickie was involved in removing up to 40 St
Patrick's Day revellers from his neighbour's Malvern St
property, after a large party in the area.
He said the university needed to address ''these important
issues of mass poor behaviour''.
Council contractors were called to the site to clean up the