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800 organisers use police party initiative

Abbey Wakefield
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A New Zealand Police officer talking to a young partier. New Zealand Police

A police initiative that helps Christchurch students host safe parties is up for a national award after signing up 800 users.

Good One Party Register is a project set up by the Riccarton Neighbourhood Policing Team that enables students to register their parties online.

A police officer then contacts the party's host, inspects the party location, gives food vouchers to the hosts and hands out advice about how to host a responsible and safe party.

The project is one of four finalists for police initiatives that focus on finding solutions for community crime problems. 

The University of Canterbury Student's Association has been involved in helping New Zealand Police with the project since it started.

UCSA president James Addington was impressed by the project.

"So far there have been over 800 registrations which cover over 66,000 guests. 

"It's been really helpful to build a positive relationship between Police and students," Addington said.

Good One user Petra Ashcroft said her experience was positive.

"They gave me a package of straws and food vouchers so I could provide for the party as well," she said.

The winner will be announced on September 21 at Royal Society New Zealand in Wellington.

 

"It breaks the barrier between Police and students"