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Queenstown is bucking the national downward trend for drink-drive convictions – and now has an average of four a week. Ministry of Justice stats show 208 people were convicted at Queenstown District Court in 2016. Another 100 have been been convicted...

Life on the beat

Queenstown cop shop is looking for new recruits. But what's it really like for the boys and girls in blue? Louise Scott gets the lowdown Keith Newell has been a copper for nearly 30 years – newbie constable Lisa Franz just eight months. But...
The sisters of a Queenstown parapenter who died last month say they have been overwhelmed by support and are suffering "hug fatigue". GForce Paragliding pilot Ben Letham, 26, originally from Scotland, died on April 22 after crashing while on a solo recreational flight. One of his...
Civil Aviation Authority investigators visited Queenstown Primary School yesterday as they tried to piece together why parapenter Ben Letham fell to his death. Initial reports suggest the canopy on the 26-year-old's parapente collapsed during his solo recreational flight and he...
Police are concerned about a recent increase in dangerous driving on Queenstown roads after finding increasing evidence of 'burnouts.' “These drivers are putting other road users' lives at risk whilst driving in such an irresponsible manner and using public roads...
The absentee owner of a Fernhill house where a huge party was shut down by police at the weekend has condemned the partygoers' behaviour as "disgusting". Nick Reekie says he's "embarrassed and concerned" the party and its aftermath had affected...
A French tourist found safe in Fiordland after a search and rescue operation of more than 12 hours is lucky to have avoided serious injury or worse, police say. Sergeant Tod Hollebon, of Te Anau, says the 20-year-old man went...
Cops are warning of a serial masturbator in Queenstown. Sergeant Steve Watt says the man has been seen by residents and tourists performing an "indecent act" beside popular walking and running trails on Queenstown Hill and the Matakauri Wetland track by...

Sarge steps up in reshuffle

A local copper's plodding a new beat after a temporary reshuffle at the top. Sergeant Jon Bisset's stepping up while long-term Queenstowner senior sergeant John Fookes travels for eight months. Bisset, who steps in as acting senior sergeant, is getting to...
Overseas associates of missing Queenstowner John Beckenridge, who abducted his 11-year-old stepson last year, are working with New Zealand police to track the pair down. Swedish-born helicopter pilot Beckenridge broke a court order on March 13 last year by picking...

Cop case closed

Queenstown's top cop has drawn a thin blue line under a bungled court case. Harsh comments from a district court judge prompted an internal police inquiry into a botched Queenstown drugs case last year. Charges against two men had to be dropped...

Booze bash blemish

A quarter of all crimes involving victims in Queenstown Lakes district over the past two years were assaults. Crime stats released by New Zealand Police show what many in the town already know anecdotally – boozy violence is one of the resort's...
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