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After parties scrapped after ban

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Organisers have cancelled two Canterbury school ball after parties following warnings that they could be prosecuted if they went ahead.

The Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service has helped organise after parties for Ashburton and Mount Hutt College students for the last 17 years to ensure the events were safe.

However, police sent letters to local schools warning that anyone organising events could be prosecuted and fined up to $20,000.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says each community has to make decisions for themselves so long as they act within the confines of the law.

"I do know that schools across the country have wrestled with what is the safest and most appropriate way to celebrate these end of year events for senior students," she said on Tuesday.

The minister rejected suggestions that unsupervised parties may be more dangerous.

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