Wellingtonians were generally well behaved as they ushered in the new year with just 52 arrests recorded across the police district on New Year's Eve.
''It was just like a busy Friday or Saturday - it seems the new alcohol laws have taken effect,'' Senior Sergeant Stan Wagner said.
There were 28 arrests in Wellington, 15 in Kapi Mana, five in the Hutt valley and four in Wairarapa and no ''critical incidents,'' Mr Wagner said.
About half the arrests were for disorder, a quarter for assault and the rest for other minor offences.
Crowds at the La De Da music festival in Martinborough were generally well behaved and no arrests were made.
''Revellers had a great time over there - everyone brought in the New Year in good spirits,'' Mr Wagner said.
Meanwhile the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was kept ''flat out'' with rescues from around the region, including a false alarm for a man overboard in the Marlborough Sounds, pilot Dave Greenberg said.
The crew airlifted an elderly man from the Johnsonville side of Mt Kau Kau after he injured himself in a fall while walking yesterday afternoon.
Mr Greenberg said the man suffered minor scrapes and bruises to his body and face, but was discharged from Wellington Hospital by the evening.
About 8.30pm the crew attended a crash on Peka Peka Rd near State Highway 1 in Kapiti after a man in his 30s rolled his car.
The man was airlifted to Wellington Hospital with serious leg and chest injuries.
''It's been a very busy 24-hour period,'' Mr Greenberg said.
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