North Shore Times : November 16th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 16, 2010 JOIN BEFORE NOV 30 AND RECEIVE A FREE HIGH QUALITY JUSTWORKOUT GYM BAG If only classes at school had been as much fun www.justworkout.co.nz contact us for details Call for party controls Gutted: Chris Speedy is upset the new Kennedy Park stairway has been vandalised at Campbells Bay. Photo: BEN WATSON Joseph Bergin WAYS of stopping out-of- control youth parties are being investigated after two weekends of mayhem at beaches. Bottles were smashed and letterboxes and council signs were used to fuel a large bon- fire as hundreds of youths rampaged in Castor Bay on Saturday. Fireworks and bottles were thrown at police officers and four youths were arrested at a Cheltenham Beach party the previous Saturday. The Eagle helicopter and police armed with batons and protective gear dispersed both crowds of about 250 people. About 200 youngsters also gathered in Mairangi Bay for a Guy Fawkes party and two people were arrested for alcohol-related offences. Police are already drawing up a plan to tackle next year s Guy Fawkes festivities. North Shore was once notorious for problem teen parties but after numerous police crackdowns there hadn t been a problem in recent years. In 1999, a youth was sent to jail after a Devonport party that was broken up by police in riot gear. But getting tougher on youth parties isn t the sol- ution, 18-year-old Devonport- Takapuna Local Board mem- ber Joe Bergin says. Creative solutions are needed including providing events that will be seen as a fun alternative, he says. Rebellion has been part of the teenage experience for generations but now large groups can be mobilised quickly through Facebook, Mr Bergin says. The Shore community, not just police, need to be involved in finding solutions to the problem, Devonport- Takapuna Local Board chair- man Chris Darby says. Students have finished their exams and are starting to celebrate, he says. I m all for them letting their hair down, but it is unacceptable for them to be imposing on others private property and especially pub- lic property, Mr Darby says. The local board plans to meet with police to discuss how the community can help control the parties. Vandals also struck the newly opened Kennedy Park stairway in Castor Bay over Guy Fawkes weekend. Auckland Council parks, sports and recreation man- ager Ian Maxwell says 20 timber palings were broken off and used to build a bonfire on the beach. The damaged portion was at the bottom end of the $460,000 stairway that reopened last August. Mr Maxwell says the com- pany that built the stairway, Te Ngahere, has been con- tracted to carry out repairs over the next few weeks. Campbells Bay resident Chris Speedy is gutted the new stairway, which he says is a great asset to the com- munity, has already been vandalised. This is one of those dis- gusting things that irrespon- sible people can do, Mr Speedy says. He says the revellers also set fire to bush along the cliff that charred a portion of the top end of the stairway and a mature pohutukawa. What do you think the solution is to out-of-control youth parties? Email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name and suburb. How the party scene works Facebook has been used to mobilise large numbers of people to gather for weekend beach parties. Reporter Sarah Coddington logged into the social network site and searched for the online invitations to the gatherings using the search engine. Parties are listed on Facebook events' pages. The events can be listed as public and any Facebook user can say they are attending by searching for the party on their home page account. Another way to get ''in'' on the event is to add the creator of the party as a friend. Within minutes the North Shore Times reporter was able to locate the next party happening in the area. The next location is planned for Long Bay beach later this month. More than 2500 invitations were sent to the event named, Long Bay beach party. One respondent attending the party left a comment on the events page saying ''ahahaha lets try make this wun da news 2.'' He than sent out 400 further invites to other Facebook friends.
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