The good old Captain Cook

July 10th, 2008 at 3:03 pm by David Farrar

Oh what memories this story in the ODT brings back of the and life in .

The twice-yearly Cook-a-thon at the Captain Cook Tavern in Dunedin was a colourful and fun affair yesterday, marred by 10 arrests for mostly disorderly behaviour offences later in the afternoon.

More than 1000 students dressed in outfits from power rangers, male fairies, a policeman in speedos to Oompa Loompa’s to celebrate the start of the University of Otago second semester.

Hundreds queued for the 10am Cook-a-thon start, with about 500 in the tavern by noon, paying $25 for a T-shirt, jug of beer and three meals during the day.

Those not wanting to queue set up parties in Clyde and Castle Sts.

I was interviewed by the lovely folks from Road Trip Nation in Wellington yesterday, and by coincidence quite a bit of the conversation was about my university years and life at Otago. It really is a unique experience. I can never work out why people study anywhere else :-)

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19 Responses to “The good old Captain Cook”

  1. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    I walked down castle street at about 11 am yesterday, and saw about 4 different flat/road parties, with a total of about 200 people, all pissed off their faces. I was invited to join a couple of the parties by drunken girls, who were swaying unsteadily, waving their arms, and looking ready to get rid of what ever they had eaten for breakfast. Nice.

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  2. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    Hundreds queued for the 10am Cook-a-thon start

    Trouble is, they started queuing at 8am, and there were no lavatories, so they were just peeing in the University carparks. And that was only the female students…

    There were still stains and broken glass on the footpath when I walked past the Cook this morning. They had their priorities straight though: the carpet cleaning machine was going flat out inside the pub and a guy was outside cleaning the windows.

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  3. riki (234 comments) says:

    Yes, I understand the fervour for Dunedin

    And cheap

    But Wintec’s not too bad. and its reputation is international now.

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  4. baxter (893 comments) says:

    Is that their Super Fourteen tight five in the front.

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Good grief it’s getting so roger can’t even go for his morning constitutional without being accosted by female airheads. This boy has future Tory MP written all over him.
    baxter don’t you mean ‘at the back’?

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  6. Tauhei Notts (1,511 comments) says:

    I’ve got a big piss up coming up in 13 days time.
    It would be wonderful if the Government would lend me dough, interest free, to stage it.
    Axinda years.

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  7. Emily1 (2 comments) says:

    Actually their behaviour was disgusting. Vomiting screaming swearing and accosting people in the middle of town – during business hours is unacceptable. And if these were kids in south Auckland the arrest rate would have been much higher.
    I happened to be opposite the Cook for a couple of hours yesterday and it was revolting; it shouldn’t be condoned in a miasma of nostalgia.

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  8. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    off to the rugby test 2moro so I’ll be there too- bring it on…in jugs

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  9. rolla_fxgt (311 comments) says:

    Tauhei Notts (193) Add karma Subtract karma +0 Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve got a big piss up coming up in 13 days time.
    It would be wonderful if the Government would lend me dough, interest free, to stage it.

    At least they don’t discriminate on what it can be used for, I”m sure if you signed up to a degree course they’d lend you the money.

    You could even spend it on weed like all the Stoners do twice weekly in their protests on the Union lawn at Otago, & then complain about Police pursecution for smoking an illegal substance.

    Yes it actually happens, go figure

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  10. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Ah to have been to a university with a culture – any culture…

    rolla_fxgt probably the ‘not doing any harm so why prosecute us’ protest.

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  11. RRM (8,996 comments) says:

    You’d want to be pissed or stoned as much of the time as possible, if you were an Otago student. Jesus Christ it’s cold down there.

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  12. kisekiman (224 comments) says:

    Must be cold alright, it keeps Nome inside on his computer all winter untill 11:00 a.m. when the sun finally comes up. one wonders what Roger might have said to the sozzled saucepots who so brazenly propositioned him.

    Thrusting his hands deeply into his dufflecoat pockets the intrepid Nome mumbled bravely “Hey you sexist bitches, I’m not that kind of guy, drinking’s really immature and besides my girlfriend wouldn’t like it if I came home pissed with my eyebrows shaven off and lipstick smiley faces on my forehead again”.

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  13. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    kisekiman – poetry. But you made the wrong assumption. Nome is too far gone to have a girlfriend (or boyfriend) – its sitting in the garret stuff…muttering, typing, yelling, listening to the Smiths (repeat endlessly ad nauseaum)

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  14. brucenz (4 comments) says:

    They’re just having fun. Let me enjoy it now cause when they are gainfully employed and married life will never be the same again. This pub rocks.

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  15. clintheine (1,560 comments) says:

    It actually sounds a lot more respectable this year than other years. I have done more than my fair share of “Cook-A-thons” and it sounds like a pretty good day out. If you live in Dunedin you must be expected to see such activity and there is no use pretending to be all elitist about it as a non student, you know what you’re getting into.

    Same for wanting to study there, I cannot imagine for the life of me why you’d want to study elsewhere. It isn’t *that* cold and at least you’re getting the true student experience. :)

    How on earth are you going to handle this weekends rugby test? Now that is going to be a good day out.

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  16. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    now, since the word jug is in the article I’m sure someone can fitup a smutty innuendo about front row second in from the right.

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  17. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    It’s not really a truly authentic student experience unless there is full blown rioting. Once you make all the national papers while simultaneously receiving disapproval from talkback radio then you know you’ve had a good time.

    Question “What are you rebelling against?”
    Answer “What have you got?”

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  18. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    I predict a riot. :D

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  19. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    “listening to the Smiths”

    Now that I find offensive. Talk about the rice sandwich of pop-rock. yuck! I do like a dose of depresso music during the dunedin winter though. Check this video out and tell me he doesn’t make hank williams look peppy!

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