Dunedin student parties 'the worst I have seen in a decade' - resident

A Dunedin man is calling for some university students to clean up their act after an orientation week he describes as "the worst I have seen in a decade".

He's supplied footage to Newshub taken on Sunday morning, showing the city's notorious Castle St covered in glass after a night of partying.

The street looked the same every morning last week, he says, as students returned to the city for orientation week.

On Tuesday the man, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted Newshub to express his frustration.

"This is horrible for those of us who work in the area and have to walk our preschool children along here."

He described it as "anti-social" behaviour and questioned why it's allowed to happen.

"It is scary walking my two-year-old daughter down Castle St each morning. The glass could go through her wee shoes, or if she tripped, she would get cut hands.

"I have been parking and working on Castle St for around 10 years. Each year it has got worse and worse."

This year's orientation had resulted in nightly parties and daily cleanups, he said.

"It scares me that these students have such a sociopathic and narcissistic attitude towards the community and environment around them."

When shown the video of Castle St, Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) said the university's proctor works closely with the street's students to ensure it's cleaned in a "timely fashion".

"OUSA has over Flo [flat orientation week] and Ori [orientation] had various measures in place with regards to glass," association president Michaela Waite-Harvey said in a statement.

"This includes the 'Don't be a Dick' campaign which has rolled out across campus, flat packs,  and into bottle stores. 

"We have also worked together with police in advertising recycling bins at key destinations." 

The organised orientation week events also provided "safe environments" off the streets of north Dunedin, Waite-Harvey said.

"We are also aware that the university proctor works closely with students living on a Castle St to ensure that the streets are cleaned in a timely fashion when the need arises."