Scotsman charged with importing drugs to Queenstown


A 20-year-old Scotsman living in Queenstown has been charged with importing drugs into the country.

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “New Zealand Customs department intercepted a package sent from the UK on April 9.

“It contained a class C controlled drug matter, cannabis seeds. Inquiries made at the property it was addressed to resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Scotsman at midday yesterday (Monday).”

The man will appear in Queenstown District Court on a date yet to be set.

Barefoot tramper rescued

A barefoot tramper was airlifted to hospital from Routeburn Track after “wearing the soles off his feet”.

The 63-year-old Queenstown man spent a week in hospital recovering from his injuries sustained during his tramp.

Friends had raised the alarm after the walker, who enjoys walking barefoot, failed to return from a planned three-day tramp as arranged.

“Enquiries were made and it was found he had been taken off the Routeburn for medical treatment after wearing the soles off his feet,” Blackford says. “He likes tramping in bare feet.”

The man was reported overdue at 7.30pm on Saturday. After setting off on Monday, he was helicoptered to hospital from Routeburn Falls Hut on Tuesday.

Trouble for tourist

A Korean tourist was allegedly racial abused and had money stolen from her by members of a stag party in Queenstown.

The woman, on a tour of New Zealand, was approached while sitting on a lakefront bench on Rees Street at about 8.30pm on Saturday.

A 19-year-old man from Mataura allegedly took her bag and emptied the contents, stealing cash and tipping the rest in a rubbish bin. About $500 and US$100 was stolen.

The teenager was apprehended by police a short time later and arrested. He has been charged with theft and using threatening behaviour.

Two brothers from Gore, also part of the stag group, were also arrested. A 30-year-old was charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and threatening behaviour. His 35-year-old brother was arrested for obstruction and later given a pre-charge warning.

The trio are due to appear in Queenstown District Court on April 22.

Rocks thrown at toddler

A four-year-old girl was pushed from a swing in a Queenstown playground and had rocks thrown at her by two older boys.

The child’s mother contacted police after the attack at Friday afternoon in Remarkables Crescent Park Playground.

“The two boys are described as Maori and between 10 and 15 years old,” Blackford says. “One had a dyed streak in his hair. Inquiries are continuing.”

Brazen thieves steal big furniture

Police want to hear from anyone who spotted brazen thieves stealing a large ‘tallboy’ dresser from a Frankton Road property.

The wooden furniture, filled with clothes, was taken from 4/1080 Frankton Road sometime between April 9 and yesterday evening.

The owner had moved the dresser into the lounge of the property while moving house in stages. When they brought the rest of their possessions across, it was already gone.

“Inquiries are continuing” Blackford says. “Police want to hear from anybody who saw the ‘tallboy’ being removed.”