View St event worries neighbour

Residents of a notorious Dunedin student party flat have sent a letter to neighbours, saying they are ''having a Ball'' on Friday but are ''really keen to minimise any inconvenience to you''.

However, the owner of a neighbouring building, John Leng, is sceptical the event in the View St flat will be any different from previous parties.

''They're just trying to butter us up [with the letter],'' he said.

Mr Leng rents his View St property to short-term tenants, and said every time the student flat held a party in the past, he had to provide refunds.

''It costs me a lot of money every time they have a party.''

A report on TVNZ's Sunday programme in May about student behaviour in Dunedin included references to the View St flat.

This week's letter - signed by ''the boys'' - says security guards will be hired for the event, the guest list will be capped at 130 visitors, and everyone will be out of the flat by midnight.

There will be a live band from 8pm-10pm but the front door will be kept closed in the hope ''this won't cause considerable noise heard from the street''.

''Anyone who steps out of line will be told to leave,'' the letter says.

A man named in the letter as a contact about the event declined to comment to the Otago Daily Times.

Otago University Students' Association president Paul Hunt said he had not heard anything about the ball, but expected it would not get out of control.

Mr Leng said he had spoken to the University of Otago proctor about his concerns, had informed the police and was planning to meet Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull.

Police Southern District communications manager Nicholas Barkley had not been made aware of the ball when contacted last night.

University of Otago proctor Simon Thompson said he was not at liberty to comment and referred the ODT to his media adviser.

She was unavailable last night.

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