Watch: Chairs through walls and broken toilets - Victoria University student residence 'a feral zoo'

A Victoria University student residence is being described as a "feral zoo" after a Wellington accommodation block was trashed over the weekend.

Funnelling straight vodka and having multiple drinks at once are just some of the ways some students at some Victoria University halls of residence fuel up for a big night.

Photos show the trail of drunken destruction left behind at the Joan Stevens Hall, where there were around 40 separate cases of property damage this weekend alone, and alcohol has now been banned at that hall.

"A few chairs thrown through walls, broken glass. We've got three doors gone," one male student said.

My common room is covered in vomit and, like, my toilet is broken or the doors are broken - A student who's leaving the halls of residence

A female student said: "We have an alcohol ban now, so yeah, it was pretty bad. Just the classic drunk kids, breaking walls, toilets."  

Some of those who spoke to 1 NEWS say the drunken antics and the damaging of property have gone too far, and some students are leaving because they feel unsafe.

"It is feral, it is really, really bad. My common room is covered in vomit and, like, my toilet is broken or the doors are broken or something's broken. It's just not a fun place to live. It's not comfortable. You don't feel safe sometimes," said one female student who's leaving.

"Its' a competition almost. I feel like it's, like a lot of boys are really egging each other on, like 'drink out of this piece of furniture or break this piece of furniture. I bet you can't do this'."

Alcohol has also been banned from other Victoria University halls of residence after neighbours complained about noise and disorderly behaviour.

Victoria University wouldn't front for a 1 NEWS interview today, but in a statement said it takes damage to its property extremely seriously and the behaviour is a breach of the residence agreements.

"Sometimes it might go a bit far, but it's pretty all good usually," another male student said.

There's now an indefinite ban on booze and guests at Joan Stevens Hall and if no one owns up all residents will be splitting the bill for the thousands of dollars of damage.

Alcohol has been banned in one hall, and some students are leaving as they feel unsafe. Source: 1 NEWS



Shots fired at Auckland police officers from BB gun, one struck in vest

Shots have been fired at police by a man holding a gas-powered BB gun this afternoon.

The incident took place in Royal Oak just after 2.30pm after police responded to reports of a man acting suspiciously near a house in Manukau Rd.

Knives found on man in Auckland.
Knives found on man in Auckland. Source: NZ Police

Police say when two officers went to approach the man he pulled a BB gun from a backpack and starting firing it at the officers.

A third officer wearing a vest, who was returning from speaking with a witness, was hit in the chest area.

A patrol car had its window shattered and police say they believe the man fired the gas-powered, steel-pellet BB gun six times.

A 44-year-old man has been taken into custody after the incident in which pepper-spray was used as the man struggled with police.

The man was found with a large knife and a butterfly knife in his possession.

He will appear in Auckland District Court tomorrow.

BB gun fired at police in Auckland.
BB gun fired at police in Auckland. Source: NZ Police

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Video: Indigenous Taiwanese group perform traditional song and dance routine in Parliament Buildings

An indigenous group from Taiwan performed a traditional song and dance routine in Parliament Buildings in Wellington today.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox joined in with the group too.

The Taiwanese delegation are in New Zealand to discuss exchanges of knowledge on trade between Taiwan and New Zealand (as it pertains to indigenous peoples) and to study methods of resurrecting native languages, as Maori have achieved with Te Reo.

"We're looking at ways we can have a knowledge share," Ms Fox told reporters today.

Ms Fox says the group "want to survive and revive their language because there's 16 indigenous languages in Taiwan".

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox joined in with the group today. They are visiting our shores to foster links with and learn from Maori. Source: 1 NEWS