Police warn drunk offenders before Bledisloe Test

  • 26/08/2016
All Blacks' supporters (Photosport)
All Blacks' supporters (Photosport)

There'll be extra police to keep people safe when Wellington hosts the sold-out All Blacks v Wallabies match, in the second Test of the Bledisloe Cup this Saturday.

"The additional Police staff will be highly visible around the stadium and in the entertainment areas, such as Courtney Place. We encourage patrons to drink responsibly," says operation commander, Inspector Neil Banks.

"It should be remembered that people who become intoxicated often become victims. Some become offenders. Look after yourselves and others."     

Police are expecting an influx of people into the city and there are also a number of school balls taking place in Wellington, including a large one at Te Papa.

"We want supporters and other visitors to the city to enjoy themselves and have a good time, but we also want to ensure they keep themselves safe," says Insp Banks.

He urges fans to plan their travel now, and reminds people that if they are having a drink before going to the stadium to ensure they don't take their cars.

"It is expected that the stadium carpark will be sold out, so those who do not have a pre-booked parking space there should not attempt to enter the stadium driveway on the off-chance," says Senior Sergeant Richard Hocken, Wellington District response manager for road policing.

"This area quickly overloads if unnecessary turning movements are added to the intersection."