‘We’ve come so far’: Hyde St organisers

Organisers of the annual Hyde Street Party expect the event to only get better next year after an "awesome" and almost incident-free party on Saturday.

About 3600 students, in a multitude of colours and costumes, flocked to the annual North Dunedin street party.

In the past the event has resulted in a number of arrests and hospital admissions but this year only three arrests were made and three people were admitted to hospital.

All three arrested did not have tickets to the event.

Otago University Students Association president Caitlin Barlow-Groom said it was the sixth year the OUSA had been involved with the party and each year it worked to improve the way the event was run.

At the ‘‘Hugh Hefner mansion’’ on Hyde St, are (from left) Beth Clearwater (19),  Lauren McAuley ...
At the ‘‘Hugh Hefner mansion’’ on Hyde St, are (from left) Beth Clearwater (19), Lauren McAuley (19), and Reuben Hinton (20), all of Dunedin. Photos: Gregor Richardson

"We’ve come so far. At the beginning I don’t think we were quite sure of what we were actually taking on, and so now we’ve got this massive event."

There would be a debriefing later this week to discuss the event and any improvements which could be made, she said.

"It was an awesome event but we’ll look at ways to improve going into next year, but overall everyone is pretty happy."

The street’s residents were woken up early yesterday  morning and the street was cleaned up by about lunchtime.

Ready for combat are (from left) 19-year-old students (front) Lilli Wilkinson, of  Dunedin, Fran...
Ready for combat are (from left) 19-year-old students (front) Lilli Wilkinson, of Dunedin, Fran Coleman, of Christchurch, (rear) Imogen Rowe, of Christchurch, Ella Boram-O’Kane and Natasha Donald, both of Dunedin.

Police area prevention manager Senior Sergeant Ben Butterfield, of Dunedin, said police were generally pleased with the behaviour of the party-goers.

The three arrests were made for disorderly behaviour and trespass and there were  some evictions, mainly for intoxication, Snr Sgt Butterfield said.

A St John spokesman said 38 people were treated by its staff and three patients were transferred to Dunedin Hospital. Cold weather led to an unusually slow start to the party but by noon on Saturday, the street was at its pumping best.

It was a colourful affair. Students dressed as Teletubbies, sheriffs, convicts, angels, demons, zombies, gangsters, super heroes and one as a pregnant women from the 1980s.

Entering  the party with surgical precision are  (front, from left) Jano Swart (21), Oliver King ...
Entering the party with surgical precision are (front, from left) Jano Swart (21), Oliver King (21), Blake Lewis (21), (rear, from left) Emily Strang (21), Hamish Lewis (21) and Kelsey McNabb (20), all of Dunedin.

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