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Lifestyle block parties raise havoc
By ANNA PRICE
out of control
parties took place
over the weekend
in Tai Tapu where
cars were stolen,
including this one
which was burnt
out. Photo: KIRK
RILED NEIGHBOURS are inves-
tigating legal avenues to stop par-
ties at a Tai Tapu lifestyle block
where 13 police cars, two police
wagons and police in riot gear
tried to shut down the Friday
They say they have had a guts-
ful.The property is owned by Peter
Liquor-stoked youths and
hangers-on trashed Early Valley
and Old Tapu roads all the way
down past the Rossendale Res-
taurant, wrecking road signs,
gouging grass berms, raiding
properties, smashing 20 mail-
boxes and hurling rocks at police.
Andrew Nicholson, who lives
about 1km away, described Friday
night as a Mad Max scenario --
On Saturday, about 10 neigh-
bours visited Mr McKenzie and
read him the riot act.
He was apologetic. But he
really needs to be proactive with
these youths, Mr Nicholson said.
Mr McKenzie, a builder, had
undertaken to repair the smashed
What started as an 18th birth-
day party went viral online and
ended in a crime spree in which a
ute with a firearm was torched
and dumped in Rolleston s Izone.
The high-powered rifle had not
yet been found.
On Saturday night, a Cashmere
High after-ball at the same prop-
erty also ended in grief.
Revellers entered Mr McKen-
zie s house, stole his wallet and
keys and took off in his $120,000
The Hummer was found later,
unscathed, in New Brighton.
It was being held in a tow yard
on Monday for forensic tests.
Mr McKenzie could not be rea-
ched of comment.
More wild parties
HOSPITALITY NEW Zealand warns
that out-of-control parties will be
more commonplace if the city coun-
cil s draft local alcohol policy is adop-
The warning follows the two wild
parties in Tai Tapu last weekend
that pulled hundreds of teenagers.
Under the draft policy all central
city bars would be required to
implement a one-way door system
from 1am and could not remain open
any later than 3am.
Hospitality s Canterbury branch is
opposing the policy on the premise it
would negatively impact on social
vibrancy and post-quake recovery.
President Peter Morrison said
there could also be a serious social
The events at Tai Tapu over the
weekend sound horrendous and
more of this will happen if we, as a
city, can t get our heads around the
fact that Friday and Saturday nights
don t finish at 1am or 3am for many
The policy would force suburban
bars to close at 1am.
We would then have people leav-
ing the bars in the suburbs and rac-
ing into the city to try to get into an
inner city bar before the one-way
system kicked in at 1am.
If bars were full, we d have
hordes of people on the streets with
the potential to create problems.
Police thinking on the liquor strat-
egy was very naive , he said.
Licensed premises provided con-
I have no doubt that parents
would prefer their teenagers to be
drinking alcohol in a bar instead of a
dark paddock with no security or
Research counters policy
CHRISTCHURCH S HOSPITALITY
sector says new research that shows
road crashes in Britain decreased
significantly after bars were permit-
ted to stay open later throws fresh
doubt on the city council s draft local
The policy, if implemented, would
require all suburban bars to close at
1am, and all central city bars to
enforce a one-way door system from
1am and close at 3am.
Lancaster University Manage-
ment School research found that,
since the change to Britain s licens-
ing laws eight years ago, the number
of road crashes reported to police
dropped by more than 1500 a month.
The most significant reduction
was among drivers aged 18 to 25,
and most notably on Friday and
Hospitality New Zealand s Canter-
bury branch president Peter Morri-
son, said the British statistics spoke
He supports researchers com-
ments that longer opening hours
reduce the likelihood of young people
getting behind the wheel to find
somewhere else to continue drink-
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