Disturbing hoax calls to the police


A six-year-old girl made numerous hoax calls to police claiming her mother had been stabbed and her house was on fire. 

The Queenstown youngster rang the emergency line at about 4.30pm on Tuesday. 

Constable Craig Gibson says: “Officers attended but nothing was wrong. Her mum was completely unaware of the calls, made from the house phone. An officer has spoken with the girl.” 

Despite the graphic nature of the calls, Gibson says there was no reason to involve welfare services. 

“She’s only six and it seems it’s just a case of kids will be kids.” 

Journo’s ski field ban 

An Australian journalist has been banned from local ski fields for two years after being caught using a mate’s day pass.
The 29-year-old, who works for an Australian marketing magazine, was stopped on Coronet Peak at 9am on Tuesday. 

He was arrested and offered diversion before flying home. The pass owner was also banned for two years. 

Constable Gibson says: “The journalist was also required to pay for a day’s skiing. It is classed as fraud and NZSki have tightened up on it since going digital.” 

Several freeloading skiers and riders have been trespassed from the ski fields in recent weeks. 

Town centre trouble 

A 26-year-old New Zealand man and two women were arrested after a brawl at a cash machine shortly after midnight on Sunday. 

The ATM, on Shotover Street, had eaten the man’s card. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “Another man has said something to him and as a result he’s allegedly turned around and smacked him.” 

Witnesses say two women then became involved, kicking the 26-year-old. 

Police arrested a 19-year-old Dunedin man after he allegedly assaulted a Good Samaritan on Friday night. 

The teenager had fallen asleep outside a burger restaurant at about 9.30pm on Friday night. 

A member of the public tried to help him and allegedly got punched in the face for his troubles. 

The Dunedin man was charged with assault and will appear in court. 

Drunken Aussie watch 

A 23-year-old Australian man was arrested for being unlawfully in a property after allegedly creeping into a neighbouring hotel room via the balcony and turning all the furniture upside down. 

Police were called to the Frankton Road hotel shortly after 2am on Saturday. 

Officers also attended a Queenstown pizza restaurant after a “grossly intoxicated” Australian man began vomiting all over the floor – at 7.45pm on Tuesday. He was taken back to a mate’s house to sober up. 

Another 23-year-old Australian was arrested after becoming abusive to staff at a Queenstown dairy at 2.45am on Wednesday. When officers arrived, the man was outside smashing another customer’s drink on the floor. He received a pre-charge warning. 

Brazen, dazed and confused 

Three alleged stoners were arrested for possession of cannabis during the week – with two of them accused of brazenly smoking on Queenstown streets. 

Police arrested a 25-year-old Englishman on Church Street at about 3am on Sunday for smoking cannabis. 

An hour-and-a-half later, a 54-year-old New Zealand man was arrested in relation to smoking cannabis and breach of the liquor ban on Ballarat Street. 

Officers also executed a search warrant at a Queenstown address shortly after 1pm on Saturday afternoon and charged another Englishman, also 25, with possession of 2.1 grams of cannabis. 

They are due to appear in court.