New Year's quiet if boozy, police say

Last updated 15:36 01/01/2014

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Police are praising New Year's Eve behaviour, but booze was still behind most of the arrests.

The night was a test for the new alcohol laws, which enabled police to issue tickets for drinking in public, and forced bars to close at 4am.

An out-of-control house party in Christchurch marred what was a relatively trouble-free New Year's Eve around the country.

Eleven police in full riot gear were pelted with glass bottles as they cleared the address in Spreydon.

As many as 200 people were at the party and most of the windows in the house had been smashed.

Across Canterbury, police said they were pleased with the behaviour, and noted most of the celebrations had been family-oriented.

Police in central Auckland said they were kept "extremely busy" by a large number of disorder-related events in the city throughout the night, most of which were likely to be alcohol-fueled. 

In Wellington, police reported it being just like a busy Friday or Saturday night, and said it seemed the new alcohol laws had taken effect.

Crowds at the popular La De Da music festival in Martinborough were well-behaved and no arrests were made, police said.

Police in the Thames-Coromandel district said while they were dealing with the normal alcohol-related issues, the number of arrests was down on past years.

Bay of Plenty police also reported fewer arrests than previous years, and said most were for minor alcohol-fueled disorder.

In the Tasman police district, police said it had been a relatively trouble-free New Year's Eve for the second year running.

Revellers in Central Otago and the far south kept police "steady" but no major incidents were reported.

Dunedin police noted the central city cleared quickly when licensed premises closed at 4am.

BY THE NUMBERS
(Based on available figures from police districts)

Canterbury: 29 arrests for alcohol-fueled offences, 18 alcohol infringement notices issued.

Auckland Central: No arrest figures available, but police reported attending more than 70 disorder events, including 20 minor assaults. 

Wellington: 52 arrests, around half for disorder, quarter for assault and rest for various other offences.

Thames-Coromandel: 130 arrests, mainly for breaches of the liquor ban and minor alcohol-related disorder, 180 alcohol infringement notices issued.

Bay of Plenty: 80 arrests, mainly for alcohol-fueled disorder.  

Tasman: 37 arrests for liquor ban breaches, disorder and assault, 33 alcohol infringement notices issued. 

Southern: 63 alcohol and assault-related arrests, 20 alcohol infringement notices issued.

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