Plastic for paint party patrons

By Lisa Mercer, Waiariki Journalism Student

Organisers of a paint party at Rotorua's Heaven & Hell nightclub tonight will provide towels and plastic so patrons can catch rides home after they've been drenched in colourful paint.

Owner Pato Alvarez said that while the paint was a washable non-toxic coloured paint that dried within half an hour of being on the body, the club would provide towels for people to dry off before heading home as well as plastic for use in taxis so people could still be picked up after the event.

He said the last paint drop would be at 1.30am to make sure people would be dry enough to head home. While George Melrose from Rotorua Taxi said he would tell his drivers about the move, he said the drivers would have the choice as to whether they picked people up.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens, I will be putting it out there to the drivers that they can get plastic from the security but it will be up to them if they want to pick people up that are covered in paint," Mr Melrose said.

"It's all right to have a paint party but when people have been drinking everyone reacts in different ways, some are stupid and some are all right, so we will see what happens," he said.

Mr Alvarez said 14 promo girls would squirt more than 100 litres of neon paint into the crowd over the course of the night and after the success of the first Paint Party, held by the club in April, he was expecting a sell-out crowd.

"We've already sold more than 150 tickets and out-of-town interest has been high with people coming from as far away as Hamilton, Tauranga and Whakatane."

Tickets cost $15 from Xploit and or at the door on the night for $25.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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