Warning on Facebook perils after party arrests
Would you be happy with a 600+ party in your street?
Invercargill police are warning against advertising parties on Facebook after multiple arrests were made for disorderly behaviour following a large party on Saturday night.
However, party organisers say the party was under control and police attendance made matters worse.
The Bamborough St party was advertised on Facebook, with invitations sent to nearly 600 people.
It was touted as "open invitation" and "not your average house party". Of the more than 600 people notified through Facebook, more than 250 said they would be attending.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry said Invercargill police arrested 10 people for disorderly behaviour-type offences on Saturday, most of which were made at the Bamborough St party.
He said it was a large event and made worse by another party close by.
"Advertising on social media is quite a risky thing because it takes away the control of householders running the party.
"Facebook is an example of friends of friends of friends - everyone's invited."
It was also not fair on neighbours, he said.
There had been no reported damage to neighbouring properties, but police had received numerous complaints from the neighbourhood, he said.
The party was advertised through the Facebook page of Invercargill Party Raiders.
The page belongs to Nikora Rautahi-Mahuika. The DJ said about 300 people attended but it was under control.
Mr Rautahi-Mahuika sets up his DJ gear at homes to create a club atmosphere. It was his first Party Raider party in Invercargill after moving from Christchurch about three months ago.
Mr Rautahi-Mahuika said he did not understand the problem with advertising parties on Facebook because it was the same as other businesses, such as clubs, using it to advertise.
Neighbours were notified a week before the party and given his contact details, he said, and no neighbours called.
He decided to close the party at 11.30pm because police would have continued to drop by.
Occupant Phaide Hawke said the party was not out of control; there were no fights, no trouble, and neighbours had been notified.
However, people got angry when police came and it made matters worse, she said.
The only problem would have been noise and the number of people, she said.
Acting Senior Sergeant Ian Martin said police tried to minimise the potential for parties to get out of control.
Situations tended to get out of control where many young people were drinking, Mr Martin said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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