Police kept busy with bad behaviour on Auckland's first night of freedom

Author
Ben Leahy, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 4 Dec 2021, 9:20AM
Bar and restaurant owners will be hoping Auckland's nightlife recovers (file photo). (Photo / Mike Scott)
Bar and restaurant owners will be hoping Auckland's nightlife recovers (file photo). (Photo / Mike Scott)

Police kept busy with bad behaviour on Auckland's first night of freedom

Author
Ben Leahy, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 4 Dec 2021, 9:20AM

Aucklanders swept into bars and restaurants for their first night of freedom under the traffic light system yesterday, however police have been kept busy dealing with many getting very drunk. 

The troubles included a serious assault on Karangahape Rd that left a person in hospital. 

Police said the central city had "notably" fewer people partying compared to an ordinary pre-Covid-19 restriction Friday night. 

"However, police were kept busy with a number of disorder-related incidents involving highly-intoxicated people," a spokeswoman said. 

"One person is in a serious condition in Auckland Hospital after being assaulted on Karangahape Rd last night." 

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 

He is due to appear in the Auckland District Court today.