Fine day for a street party

Revellers into the swing of things early at the Hyde St Keg Party in Dunedin today. Photo Gerard...
Revellers into the swing of things early at the Hyde St Keg Party in Dunedin today. Photo Gerard O'Brien
Colourful costumes are the order of the day. Photo Gerard O'Brien
Colourful costumes are the order of the day. Photo Gerard O'Brien
A good-natured crowd has turned out for the event. Photo Craig Baxter
A good-natured crowd has turned out for the event. Photo Craig Baxter

Dunedin has turned on a stunning day for the Hyde St Keg Party, and a good-natured crowd has caused few problems so far, police say.

Nine arrests had been made, for trespass or disorderly behaviour offences, Inspector Greg Sparrow said. The number included students and non-students.

Police were pleased with the ''sensible planning'' behind the event, which was probably the reason for a smaller crowd this year, he said.

St John, who are operating a triage at the event, said by mid-afternoon they had treated 35 people for problems ranging from minor cuts and bruises to gross intoxication.

Eight people had been taken to hospital, among them a woman who fell off a roof in Leith St and broke an arm, St John Event Commander Doug Third said.

Early in the day OUSA President Francisco Hernandez said the general mood among the crowd was good-natured.

Some people had tried to enter using fake wristbands but had been turned away, he said.

From 2pm a one-way door policy was in place. The party was thinning out and expected to finish after 5pm.

 

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