Flat takes out prize, but not the trash

05:26, Jun 24 2010
Tahi Poasa and Jarred Turnbull
DIRTY HALF DOZEN: Tahi Poasa, 19, sitting, and Jarred Turnbull, 20, in the living room of their Christchurch flat which won the national "Smells Kitchen" competition.

Police have been called to disperse a rowdy crowd at New Zealand's filthiest flat today.

A group of Christchurch students won a national radio competition called "Smells Kitchen" to find the scummiest living conditions in the country.

The Totara St flat beat entries from Otago and Hamilton to take the dubious honour with 52 per cent of the online vote.

The six men hosted a breakfast barbecue today with The Rock host Bryce Casey broadcasting from their living room.

Guests included Richard Loe, Andy Ellis and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.

But the party did not disperse after the show and neighbours complained to police after celebrations dragged on late in the day.

Three police cars were in attendance when The Press visited this afternoon, and officers dispersed around 30 people.

The Fire Service also paid a visit to the flat earlier in the day after reports the students were burning furniture.

The six Canterbury University students, Jarred Turnbull, Tahi Poasa, Hamish Catherwood, James Lentjes, Geert Lepoutre and Adam Lill moved into the house eight months ago.

They declined to be interviewed further.

Yesterday, speaking from under a mountain of dishes, Turnbull said the house now had a seventh flatmate, a friendly rat.


A hole had also developed in the roof of his bedroom that had leaked, destroying his laptop and disabling the lights.

The house could get cold in winter, with only the oven used for heating, he said.

Lepoutre said a Facebook page to mobilise votes was set up and brought a lot of support.

"We didn't think we were too bad, we've got a real good cooking roster ... we usually do the dishes but the other cleaning, we don't do it."

Admitting there had been a few unhappy mums with news of the win, Lepoutre was hopeful the house would now get cleaned up.

"If we can find some girls to clean it up that would be ideal," he said.

The Press