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A Queentown'ers got to spend the next 20 months on home detention, if he can find a suitable address, after he seriously assaulted his female flatmate in May. Ashley Alan Rowlands, 33, was on the booze at home with the...
MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowners are seeing red over new speed signs outside the town’s historic miners’ cottages. Queenstown’s council originally installed large blue, red and white 30km signs in Buckingham Street in late August after resolving to reduce the town centre’s...

Repeat offender hid on lawn

By GUY WILLIAMS A repeat drink-driver from Arrowtown with a history of evading police will have to blow into a tube to start his car for at least the next six months. James Robert Manser, 46, company director, was sentenced in...

Back-cracker’s ACC deceit

By GUY WILLIAMS A chiropractor who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 is serving out a community detention sentence in Arrowtown. Matthew Richard Cochrane was convicted in the Auckland District Court in July after admitting eight charges of dishonestly using a document...

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH How low can you go? Four thieves have been captured on camera nicking skis, poles — and a kettle — which have a combined conservative value of $800 from outside Hospice Shop Queenstown on Sunday. Store manager John ‘Boggy’...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
When we toasted the arrival of 2020, who would have predicted within three months a virus spread to humans, from a bat in a wet-market in provincial China, would bring the world to its knees and wreak havoc on...

Drug crime on the rise

According to the saying, the numbers don't lie – except when it comes to Queenstown's drug crime, a local top copper says. Drug stats covering warnings, prosecutions for possession, and prosecutions for manufacturing and cultivation, appear to show 2018 was...
With reports of some Queenstown gun owners driving as far as Balclutha to hand over their firearms, police are reminding them there will be local buyback events. Queenstown Sergeant Chris Brooks says there will be events happening in Roxburgh, Ranfurly,...

Nick of time

A rookie cop who held a man's stomach together while waiting for ambulance staff to arrive last month has been credited for helping save his life. Detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis says Constable Lucy Jonas – who only graduated from...
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