Non-students causing Otago problems

Past ‘student’ riots in Dunedin are known to have been in part at least stoke up by non-student troublemakers, and not all of them were from Dunedin.

Out of 12 arrests so far this year only 2 have been Otago students.

Newshub reports: Non-students causing problems during Otago Uni orientation

Otago University campus police are generally happy with the behaviour of students during orientation week and say outsiders are causing the issues.

There have been more arrests in Dunedin overnight, with orientation week well underway.

Four people were arrested after couches were set alight on Castle St, where around 150 students were partying.

Police say only two students are among the 12 arrests they’ve made since Saturday night, and they’re seeing a growing number of non-students in the area.

“Unfortunately it is a time of the year where the students can get a little bit out of control, but generally they’ve been very well-behaved this year,” says John Woodhouse, campus constable for Otago University.

There’s about 20,000 students at Otago, with about 4,000 First Year. Most are from out of town. That’s a huge influx into a city or about 120,000 (I’m not sure if that is with or without students).

A number of problems were caused by non-students joining in, including high school students, unemployed people and people coming from outside Dunedin specifically for orientation week.

Non-students who like to party, and a minority non-students who like to cause trouble.

A 16-year-old was arrested over the weekend after allegedly threatening another man with a craft knife.

Unlikely he was going to university.

Generally there’s little sign of trouble and a lot of sign of an injection of vibrancy.

Dunedin is quiet after Christmas as a lot students go home or elsewhere to work for the summer, and many residents go on holiday.

It slowly gets busier through January, and goes up a gear as school starts back around the end of the month.

Soon after that the buzz builds as the uni students gradually return, and by now the city is at it’s busiest as the new academic year kicks off.

So far 0.01% of the students have been arrested.

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  1. Mike C

     /  24th February 2016


    They are just feeling lot out and lonely … that’s all. LOL 🙂

  2. Mike C

     /  24th February 2016


    They are just feeling lot out and lonely … that’s all. LOL 🙂

  3. Oliver

     /  24th February 2016

    Obviously it’s the lefties protesting over the TPP.

    But seriously just shut the damn thing down. Do really want to encourage binge drinking and civil disorder?

  4. Mike C

     /  24th February 2016


    Sadly … I had to go back after I wrote this comment … before I pressed the send button … to ensure that what I wrote initially hadn’t been manipulated 😦

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  24th February 2016

    We dropped our daughter off over the weekend and were very impressed with the set up and how helpful people were.

    A great place to go to Uni, everything within walking distance, even the Stadium is an easy walk. Traffic was a doodle after Auckland. We didn’t hang around for O week, but you can’t make an omelette with out cracking eggs.


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