Students return: Flo-week behaviour ‘exemplary’

In an exception to a well-behaved week, partygoers left a trail of destruction at the...
In an exception to a well-behaved week, partygoers left a trail of destruction at the Mediterranean Garden in the Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday night with cans left on the ground and trees thrown into a fountain. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Police in Dunedin have praised student behaviour ahead of O Week as "exemplary".

Senior Constable John Woodhouse, Dunedin’s campus police officer, said Flo-week and this past weekend had seen great behaviour from students.

There was one arrest related to the annual Castle St parties, and that was a non-student who allegedly assaulted a student partygoer who was not known to them.

All the fights police knew about involved people who were not students of the university or polytechnic.

"It has been a huge success, the behaviour at the student-organised parties was brilliant and noise control officers were very happy that the music was turned off at each party within 30 seconds of the agreed curfew."

Flats hosting Flo-week events agreed to shut music off by midnight Monday through to Thursday, and by 1am on Friday and weekends.

With O Week now officially under way, the dream was to see the "exemplary behaviour" from students continue, he said.

While Snr Const Woodhouse conceded rubbish on the streets was an issue, it was nothing out of the ordinary from previous years.

"The council have been very helpful with having a street sweeper coming through every morning, and the rubbish is just a natural consequence of this time of year, it always has been.

"It’s our job to do what we can to work with students, so we can make sure everyone has a good year."

While students in Castle St enjoying the festivities were well behaved, revellers in the Dunedin Botanic Garden did not get the memo.

Cans were strewn over the Mediterranean Garden and trees were ripped out of the ground and thrown into the fountain.

A Dunedin City Council spokesman said there had been some damage in and around the garden on Sunday night, which was really disappointing.

"Our staff arrived in the morning to find plants damaged, bottles smashed, and other rubbish strewn around the area following what appears to be a large party overnight.

"This sort of incident happens infrequently but costs us time and money each time to clean up, as well as preventing others from enjoying what is supposed to be a tranquil and family-friendly space."

The spokesman asked for everyone in Dunedin to respect the garden as the staff worked hard to keep it a wonderful space for locals, students and visitors alike.