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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...
An Otago man wanted in relation to a stabbing in Queentown last weekend has been detained by police in Australia. Two men were flown to Dunedin Hospital, one with critical injuries and one with serious injuries, following a brawl in...
A contractor hitting a water main pipe is behind flooding that has closed two central Queenstown streets. Thompson Street and Brunswick Street have been closed while repairs to a damaged water main are carried out, Queenstown council spokesman Jack Barlow...

Delay trauma

An alleged sexual assault victim says she's traumatised and planning to make a formal complaint after waiting months to be interviewed by Queenstown cops. Officers trained to interview sexual assault victims are having to travel from either Dunedin or Invercargill...
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