queenstown district court

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...
An Arrowtown woman was almost five times over the legal booze limit when she wrote off her car at swanky Millbrook Resort in January. The 41-year-old's been granted interim name suppression until her sentencing, next month, on "extreme hardship" grounds, based...

Fine for Kmart cock-up

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Dominion Constructors employee is facing a $38,000 fine after "taking the rap" for the cutting of steel reinforcing bars during the construction of Queenstown's Kmart building. Jason Buehler, who's now living in Canada, was to have been...
By GUY WILLIAMS Former TV cameraman and convicted fraudster Damon Forde has been ordered to pay $4500 in legal costs to a part-time Queenstown resident after a failed complaint to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). Forde, 47, claimed he was unjustifiably...
The man behind the wheel of a bus and trailer that crashed in Wilson Bay in January, causing horrific injuries to two Chinese tourists, had bid for name suppression refused in Queenstown's court last week. It's the first time Christchurch...

Remembering our Noelene

Noelene Tait wouldn't have wanted to be remembered as "that old lady who died in a car accident", her son says. The 84-year-old Queenstowner died last on January 14 after a crash on Frankton Road. Hundreds turned out to pay their...
A child's believed to have lost both her hands and a woman is understood to have lost an arm in a horror crash on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road on Tuesday. The single-vehicle crash, involving a bus operated by Awing Travel NZ...
The parents of a young German woman abandoned by her boyfriend after a crash in Queenstown's Gorge Road are relieved the case is closed. Anja and Olaf Spendig have made brief comments to Mountain Scene in response to Sahil Sudhir...
YOURWORD by Tanya Surrey - a Queenstown lawyer with Mactodd Lawyers When you drive past Queenstown District Court on Monday mornings before 9am, you're likely to see a line of people waiting outside the court. Several will be facing a drink-driving...
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...

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...

Rough justice

Only a quarter of family violence charges heard in the Queenstown District Court led to convictions last year, a figure the head of Women's Refuge believes may be one of the lowest in the country. Ministry of Justice stats show...
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