Three charged after Whangamata New Year's Eve riots

Three people have been charged following the Whangamata New Year's Eve riots.

Two people have been charged with assaulting police and a third person with inciting disorderly behaviour. 

The Coromandel township was engulfed in chaos on New Year's Eve as teenagers started rioting at Williamson Park.

They damaged public toilets and knocked over rubbish bins while others jumped on the roof of Blackie's Cafe, causing an estimated $8000 worth of damage.

"After a number of people were injured from alcohol bottles being thrown into the assembled crowds, police commenced dispersing the main body of youths who had congregated around a local business within the park," Eastern Waikato Area Commander Inspector Dean Anderson says.

"A large number of youths had climbed onto the roof of the building and commenced throwing additional projectiles into the crowds and at police officers. The youths were eventually dispersed from the park area leaving significant damage to the business."

Inspt Anderson says around 22 people were arrested that night in Whangamata for offences including disorder, assaults and unlawfully on property.

Most of the people taken into custody were released without charge. The three charged are all due to appear in the Waihi District Court on January 13.