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Council happy to know students are aware of The Pack app for partying

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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THREE years after being released, The Pack app is still being used to keep people safe in Wellington at night.

‘Stick with the pack’ is a safe drinking initiative aimed at 18-25 year olds out for a night on the town.

When programme organisers at Wellington City Council surveyed university students this year, a majority of the students recognised the app and the message.

“Going up to unis this year and talking to people, people recognise it and they know the message” says City Safe Advisor Sophie Parsons (26).

“People responded well to that message, but we kind of wanted to go a bit deeper than that,” Mrs Parsons says.

“Research went into establishing how young people behave in groups, which is where the pack concept comes from.”

The Pack, a phone application made by Rabid Technologies, was made to help people keep track of their friends who they added to their “pack” on the app.

The council worked with Rabid Technologies and five design students from Massey University to help develop the application.

Right top 160 px x 188 pxInitially, it did really well. We had 3000 downloads, up to 200 people in the weekend using it,” says Mrs Parsons, left.

Mrs Parsons says the main thing was that people know the message, a fact backed up by Victoria University students spoken to by NewsWire.

Headshot 2 150px x 200pxJack Armstrong (20), right, says it is a good concept to keep safe, although he had never used it. “I probably should as I always walk off.”

Jarrod Shera (20) was told about it in his first year. “But I never had to or needed to download it. I think it’ll be a good way of keeping informed about your friends though.”

Sophie Cunningham (19) says would use it but I did not think her friends would Headshot 150px x 200pxwhen we’re in town. “It’s a bit impractical because people will probably be too drunk to use it.”

Emily Devaney (19) does not use the app. “I really liked the advertising they did for it though.”

Alice Mercep (18) thinks it’s a good idea. “But I’m not too sure it would be that effective because everyone would be drunk. I would be willing to try the app though.”

Fady Girgis (20), left, says was told about it in his first year but lives in town so does not need to use it.

 

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