New boys in blue

Queenstown’s thin blue line has thickened with these three new probationary constables, from left, Phil Bayne, 29, Ivan Hill, 37, and David Felstead, 23.

The new recruits graduated just three weeks earlier from Police College, Porirua. Senior sergeant John Fookes says with 35 sworn staff the station is temporarily three “over strength”.


QLDC’s top job

Queenstown Lakes District Council boss Duncan Field’s employment was discussed by councillors in a closed-door extraordinary meeting this week.

Field’s job has to be readvertised because his contract expires next February.

He’s coming to the end of a two-year extension that was added by the previous council to an earlier contract with a five-year term. Field’s been QLDC boss since February 1998.

High marks for marketer

Queenstowner Geoff Matthews’s BrandCom is one of 21 finalists in the TVNZ/NZ Marketing awards for its high-profile tax refund company., started a year ago, allows Kiwis to claw back Inland Revenue refunds online. The major awards will be announced in Auckland on October 31.

Great Southern haul

Queenstown-based Great Southern Television picked up six gongs at last Saturday’s New Zealand film and
television awards.

Four of the awards – best lead actor, lead actress, cinematographer and production design – were for the company’s film, Apron Strings, and the others were TV category awards for Rescue 1 and Eating Media Lunch hosted by Jeremy Wells.

Dalefield-based movie actor Sam Neill missed out on the best actor award for Dean Spanley, but the film picked up seven other awards.