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.

Closing an airport

Try closing an airport as a protest and see how long it takes for something to be done about it.

Stuff reports: Kaitaia Airport protesters trespassed, five arrested

Ngati Kahu’s two-day occupation of Kaitaia Airport has ended with five protesters being arrested.

Northland police served trespass orders to the activists about 2pm on Wednesday.

About 15 demonstrators were on airport grounds at that time and many of them chose to leave, police said.

Five of the protesters, one woman and four men, remained behind and were arrested for trespass. They will appear in the Kaitaia District Court on Wednesday, September 17.

Far North Area Commander Inspector Wendy Robilliard said the time had come for police to take action. Police had earlier tried to negotiate with the occupiers to resolve the situation.

Robilliard said everyone had the lawful right to protest, but this group had chosen to act unlawfully, which meant police needed to step in.

The arrests happened the day after the closure of the airport.

One organiser John Popata told TV3 News the group was “pissed off” at Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson for not visiting them for discussions. “We will fight for ever and ever.”

I think there may be quite a few people quite pissed off at the disruption caused by Mr Popata and hios fellow protesters.

I can imagine quite a few people being quite annoyed that their travel plans were disrupted. Medical specialists were also prevented from landing at Kaitaia.