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Charges have been filed against the construction company behind Queenstown's controversial Kmart building. The Queenstown Lakes District Council has filed charges against both Dominion Construction Ltd, and one of its former employees, under the Building Act. They are charged with cutting...

Phone porn appeal dismissed

A Queenstown bouncer whose girlfriend caught him watching porn has narrowly lost his appeal over a resulting violence conviction. Jacob Mitchell Cummings, 24, put his girlfriend in a headlock after she tried to grab his phone while he was having...

Parole bid

A jailed fraudster who diddled about 27 Wakatipu investors faces a parole board hearing next month. Wellington-based financial advisor David Ross was jailed in November 2013 for conning about $115 million out of 700-plus clients in one of New Zealand's...

QLDC fined for sewage leak

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been fined $24,225 for discharging wastewater from sewage pipes into Lake Wakatipu in 2017. Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017. Veolia...
A Taiwanese couple both have convictions to their names after a domestic fight spilled out into streets of Queenstown. Hsien-Chen Chiu, 34, admitted assaulting a female, Hsien-Chen (Fion) Yeh, between September 1 and 2, while Yeh, 35, admitted assaulting Chen. Both...
The founder of the now-defunct Queenstown Whinge Facebook group and director of a rapidly-rising tech company's finally abandoned a 15-month fight to keep his name suppressed. Wulf Solter, 38, was sentenced to 12 months' supervision in August 2017, for assaulting...
A Queenstowner who thought he'd move his campervan to avoid getting a $200 freedom camping fine copped an $800 fine for drink-driving instead. Members of the public called police at 12.52am on December 22 when they spotted Andres Alberto Contreras...
An Arrowtown man with a serious drinking problem got a "wake-up call" when he was caught driving in the township with a breath-alcohol level more than five times the legal limit last month. It was the second conviction for Kirk...
A vigil is being planned in Queenstown to honour murdered English tourist Grace Millane. A 26-year-old man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with her murder. Miss Millane's body was found in...

‘No justice’ over arson

A Queenstown mum-of-two says she can "finally move on with life" after the man who tried to burn her house down was sentenced to prison. But Mel Cocker still feels like there's "no justice" in our justice system. Blocklayer Dillan Wilson,...

Resort’s drink-drive dimwits

A Queenstown judge has once again vented her frustrations about the district's chronic drink-drive problem. Another 10 drink-drivers were in the district court dock before Judge Bernadette Farnan on Monday – that's a little over par for course in the...

Indecent assault at hostel

A Frenchman who grabbed a woman's breast after she refused the offer of a shower and sex with him at a Queenstown hostel's got a strike against his name. Dimitri Altmann, 30, of Paris, admitted indecently assaulting the 29-year-old Dutch...
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