The residents of Hyde St are ready for a right royal party,
but have been warned it could be the last if this year's keg
party gets out of control.
This year's 3500-capacity event taking place a day before the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Dunedin and
festivities are set to take on a royal flavour. One flat has
the theme ''Your Royal Hydeness''.
University of Otago
vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said the party was an
''opportunity for students to dress up and have fun'', but
warned of consequences if it went badly.
''In the event that things deteriorate, then the party will
be closed and the university will seek ways to prevent the
event from occurring in the future.
''No event, no matter how much fun it generates for a few, is
worth the expensive destruction of property or serious
injury,'' Prof Hayne said.
Individual students who broke the law would be dealt with by
police and those breaking the university's code of conduct
could face exclusion from the university.
However, she was keen to emphasise that, as it did last year,
the university went into it ''with the idea that it will be a
fun and safe day for those involved''.
She was full of praise for the help the Otago University
Students' Association (OUSA) gave residents in organising the
''They have a consistent track record of organising fun and
safe events for large groups of Otago students. ''The Hyde St
party was substantially safer last year due to their
involvement and I understand that their contribution has been
even more substantial this year.''
It was important to point out it was a private party and not
a ''university event''.
OUSA administration vice-president Ryan Edgar said OUSA
provided harm minimisation and logistics support to the
This included having ''Red Frogs'' volunteers handing out
food and water and ''Are You OK?'' volunteers for those who
had ''indulged maybe a bit too much''. St John and Student
Health would be on hand to reduce pressure on the hospital's
The party was a closed event and people trying to get in
without the proper wristbands could be ejected or trespassed.
While there would always be a ''minority who cause trouble
and take the fun too far'' it was hoped the support systems
put in place kept the number as small as possible.
St John Otago territory manager Doug Third said
it would have a ''casualty clearing point'' set up on the
street. It would have 35 staff at the event and an extra
ambulance rostered on. Medicine student and Hyde St resident
Josh Tiro (19) said he and his flatmates would be getting up
for a street breakfast at 5am today and would start drinking
The event was about ''having a good time'' while staying out
of trouble, he said. To get the most out the day, you needed
to ''pace yourself''.
Inspector Jason Guthrie, acting area commander Dunedin Clutha
Waitaki, said police had been involved in organising the
event and encouraged those attending to ''enjoy themselves
within the bounds of the law''.