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Party styles

Some of us are party animals, some of us like to take it easy.

We’re all different, it’s always a good idea to think about how your party style may affect other people.

Here’s a fun way to think about it…

Do you know these party styles? There are plenty more out there… Are you one of these?

The Party Planner

Always wanting to make sure there is something going on - a game of pool, karaoke, or just some sweet tunes.

Did you know?

The most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in NZ is genital warts (HPV).

Top tip: It’s great to make sure there are things to do but, if this is you, don’t stress too much - just chill. Parties are meant to be fun! And remember to show respect for the fact that different people will enjoy different things.


Talking away to anyone and everyone. Sound like you?

Top tip: Remember to be respectful about what you say. Not everyone is going to have the same opinions as you.

Best Mate

There for their friends no matter what. Is that you? You’ve got your mates’ backs, checking in with people during the night and making sure that everyone has a safe ride home. No one gets left behind in your group! What an ace mate!

Top tip: Remember - people might wanna be your besty too. Make sure someone’s looking out for you too and that you get to have a good time as well!

Party Monster

When you party you go hard out! You are there to get wasted and have a good time. You want everyone to join in and party as hard as you.

Top tip: Just remember, having a good time isn’t the same thing as getting trashed and just ’coz you like being wasted, someone else might not want to. Respect other people’s decisions not to drink or do drugs. Remember: there is a big difference being the life and soul of a party and an annoying, pushy drunk.

The Groper

What better way to have fun than to get close…really close. A grind on the dance floor, a hug held just a bit too long, wandering hands... eugh! Are you guilty of that, just a bit?

Top tip: If someone doesn’t want that sort of attention it goes further than being creepy, it can be pretty harmful and even illegal. No one wants to be labelled a creep so take a step back, check it out and ask if what you are doing is OK.

Did you know?

The second most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in NZ in Chlamydia.

The Photographer

Everyone likes a few shots of a great party. Are you the paparazzi?

Top tip: Be respectful of where you post and share photos and of what’s happening in them. It is uncool to post or send around images of someone passed out, or being taken advantage of. If you do put photos where others can see them, a good rule to follow is ask yourself if you’d be happy if your Nana saw photos of you like that.

The Wallflower

You might be going to this party just ’coz your mates are. Ever do that? Maybe you don’t know anyone there, and don’t really feel like talking or getting to know anyone? No worries, that’s OK, everyone has their own party style. 

Top tip: If you do go to a party like that with mates remember to tell them if you’re ever feeling uncomfortable and want to go home.

In the end it comes down to respect. Making sure you show respect to the people around you, and to yourself.

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