Riot act read to teen host
The teenage host of a Christchurch party that descended into "large-scale disorder" is a "silly little boy", a family member says.
Police in full riot gear shut down the party after up to 200 revellers began breaking windows and throwing bottles on New Year's Eve.
It was the second time in less than a week that a party at the house in Frankleigh St, Spreydon, had to be shut down by police after getting out of control.
Taylor Te Kata, 17, lives with his friend in the house, which is owned by his father. He told The Press last week that he did not plan to apologise to irate neighbours.
But a family member at the property yesterday, who did not wish to be named, said neighbours in the surrounding properties had "all been apologised to".
Family members were helping fix the damaged house and clean up the street yesterday.
She said they wanted "no more shame for the family", due to the "actions of one silly little boy".
The damage to the house was all cosmetic, she said.
She declined to comment further.
Neighbour Zak Coulter said Te Kata's aunty had apologised to his mother for the recent behaviour at the property, but it "wasn't enough".
"It should be the father," he said.
Coulter had been away at the time of the party, but house-sitters they had at the time were left to clean bottles that had been thrown over the fence from their property the next day.
Te Kata told The Press last week that he was glad police arrived to break up the party as it was out of control. "Too many people showed up.
"Everyone was drunk and it blew up from a small party to blood on the street.
"People started throwing bottles and pushing each other over and stuff."
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