Chase on the case after student party
March 20, 2019
Three police cars and a Fulton Hogan contractor wound up and cleaned up an out-of-control student party in Mount Victoria which left a 20-metre stretch of Pirie Street littered with broken glass.
“Ratepayers foot the bill,” Wellington City Council spokesperson Richard MacLean said.
The council had contracts worth $8 million with several companies including Fulton Hogan which aimed to keep Wellington streets clean and safe.
MacLean said he could not give an exact cost for cleaning up after student parties. The council did see a spike in this type of clean up activity at this time of year, which he attributed to students “letting their hair down”.
Fulton Hogan was also unable to provide information on the costs for such a clean-up.
After the party two weekends ago, Fulton Hogan worker Chase Tahita worked alone from 11pm for over an hour sweeping up the broken glass with a broom and putting it into the back of his ute.
“We get one of these call outs every couple of weeks in Mount Victoria,” said Tahita. “It’s normally just some broken bottles in an area where there’s a half-dozen of them [students].”
However, on this occasion over 100 students streamed down Pirie Street at 11pm under the watchful eye of attending police officers.
One female party-goer jumped up and down on the bonnet of a parked police car. Another shouted obscenities at a line-up of six police officers.
University student Oscar Finnemore, who had attended the party, said it was a second-year Victoria University house party. He was surprised the party had not been broken up earlier given how many houses were nearby.
Tahita said this was a popular time for students to have parties. There would be mid-winter parties too.