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Red Frogs Otago volunteers will be supporting New Year’s revellers in Wanaka and Queenstown this festive season.

The Red Frogs alcohol harm prevention service has adapted to the Orange traffic light setting and will support revellers as they usher in 2022.

However, the Orange setting does mean Red Frogs will not be providing the usual chill out zones, pancakes or its namesake – Red Frog lollies.

Instead, teams of volunteers will operate a roaming response over three nights in Queenstown and Wanaka, providing water to patrons and liaising with emergency services.

Red Frogs Otago co-ordinator Ray Thomson said he was pleased the organisation was still able to be present in the region during the new year period while Covid-19 restrictions were in place.

“Red Frogs is adapting its response during this period to allow us to continue providing support to patrons under the traffic light system,” he said.

“However, Red Frogs commitment to keeping young people safe when they are out celebrating does not change.”

“Our volunteers are excited to be in Wanaka – and returning to Queenstown after a brief hiatus in 2020 – for the New Year period.”

The Red Frogs New Year’s response is in its fifth year in Wanaka, and fourth in Queenstown, where it partners with Queenstown Lakes District Council, police, St John and security.

Volunteers come from Central Otago, Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson and Wellington.

Red Frogs will be present on the evenings of December 29, 30 and 31.