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Violent weekend in resort

Seven people were assaulted, six in unprovoked attacks, during a weekend of violence in Queenstown. Victims included a woman on crutches, a 60-year-old man who was pushed into Lake Wakatipu, and a man who was hospitalised after being knocked unconscious...

Dutch drugs on the dark web

Police visited four Wakatipu homes after Dutch police tip-offs about ecstasy and acid sourced on the dark web. Three Queenstown properties and one in Arrowtown were among 83 addresses visited by officers across New Zealand in November. They were linked to...
Queenstown police are looking to speak to a man in connection with an alleged robbery in the resort on Christmas Day. Police received a report of a robbery at Queenstown Bay beach about 2am last Tuesday. Inquiries were ongoing yesterday and...

Drive-by paintballing

A motorist was given a nasty shock after someone in another vehicle attempted to shoot them with a paintball gun. A police spokeswoman said a motorist reported they were driving on the Kingston Road about 4.40pm when someone in a...
An Australian tourist was arrested and warned by police for allegedly falsely reporting he had been robbed of $5500 worth of electronic equipment in Queenstown. The 30-year-old man reported to police on Monday night that he had just had his...

Fast food fight

An 18-year-old Brazilian woman has been charged with assault after allegedly punching another woman in the head at McDonald's in Queenstown. Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said officers arrived at the restaurant on Camp St about 3.45am today and...

Cops stop boozing builder

Queenstown police were left shaking their heads after catching a builder drinking a bourbon and coke while driving to work on a notorious stretch of highway. The 22-year-old was driving from Edendale to Queenstown when he was pulled over at...

After-hours fix

Health chiefs will boost staff and increase mental health provision following an independent investigation into the unlawful detainment of a Queenstown man by police. Last October, the man was detained by police for seven hours following a suicide attempt, while...
An independent investigation has found police acted unlawfully by detaining a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, but says their actions were "reasonable in the circumstances". The report, released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), also highlights...

Body of missing boatie found

The Police National Dive Squad has recovered a body from Frankton Marina, near Queenstown, this afternoon, believed to be a well-known local boatie. The divers arrived in the resort this morning to help with the search for 63-year-old Alan Wilson,...
A Nissan Terrano drove through a playground, down some steps and across a field while being pursued by police through Queenstown and Frankton this morning. The vehicle and its male driver evaded capture after police abandoned the pursuit for the...

Mobile menaces

Queenstown cops are tearing their hair out over the number of people using cellphones while driving in the resort. Figures released to Mountain Scene show 593 infringements have been dished out by police in the past three years. At $80 a...
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