queenstown district court

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...

‘Why did I do it’

It was supposed to be a fun night out before a trip to the Wanaka Rodeo on March 11. But it ended up with Kelly McKervey arrested for drink-driving on Frankton Road, in Queenstown. The 30-year-old plumber blew 915mcg when randomly...
A 30-year-old engineer has been ordered to pay more than $6000 to the owners of three vehicles he hit while drink-driving in Lake Hayes Estate in April. Robert Duncan Whitelaw, 30, of Lake Hayes, was also sentenced to supervision and...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Max Oscar Hannibal Letchfield, 26, 1188mcg James David Mitchell, 27, 880mcg Tayla Katrina Duke, 21, 845mcg William Pierre Aldo Denier, 31, 550mcg Stuart...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Bryn Alfred Eduard Carter, 26, 1015mcg Todd Craigie, 35, 560mcg & 109mg Jack Alexander Reid, 22, 914mcg Nicholas Ivan Bresanello, 29, 813mcg Luke...
A Queenstown accountant who stole more than $12,000 from two bowling organisations has been struck off by his professional body. Eric Lee was deregistered by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) at a disciplinary tribunal in Wellington on...
"This offence is far too common and the social stigma for excess breath or blood alcohol is not that great in New Zealand." That's the latest in a barrage of comments from judges dealing with the district's drink-drivers. On Monday, district...
Mountain Scene has named 100 people convicted of drink-driving offences in the Queenstown District Court so far this year -- or local people convicted elsewhere. Here is the list: Steven Paul Duncan, 55, 247mg Thibaut Gustave Monnet, 27, 866mcg Giulio Rizzo, 25,...

Discharge for discharge

A duck-shooter who accidentally blasted his wife with a 12-gauge shotgun has avoided a conviction. The Queenstown man, given permanent name suppression, shot his wife in the garage of their home on April 10. She spent two weeks in hospital after sustaining...
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