Crime Line

Crime Line

9 October 2019

The week ended with quite a busy Sunday involving a crash at Hawea Flat, a paragliding incident and a family harm incident, all at about 3pm - a motorcycle rider on Lachlan Ave fell off at low speed and suffered some nasty injuries due to not wearing a helmet. It could have been much worse and he was lucky it required some bandaging only. The paraglider pilot crashed on Breast Hill above Timaru Creek and he was assisted by nearby trampers until a helicopter arrived to pluck him off the mountain and take him to hospital, fortunately with only moderate injuries. The family harm incident was resolved when Police were able to engage some mental health intervention.


The week began with a minor crash at the lakeside carpark near the ‘Wanaka Tree’. When reversing your vehicle please ensure that there is not a stationary bus parked behind you.


On Wednesday Police stopped another driver and subsequent to a breath alcohol test, drugs were discovered in the vehicle. That same day a vehicle left the road at West Meadows and collided with a rock wall - Rock Wall-1, Vehicle-0. The vehicle was written off.


On Thursday evening a male with a dog entered a Wanaka house and in doing so woke the occupant. The intruder left the address when confronted and left the dog behind. Surely the house was locked? Please ensure that you are locking houses and vehicles at night so that unwelcome visitors do not ruin your stay.


On Saturday 5th, a woman walking her dog in the Cardrona River/Ballantyne Road area, was involved in a scary incident where the two male occupants of a vehicle were pointing a rifle out the window of the vehicle shooting rabbits as they were traversing the tracks there. Rabbit shooting in daylight hours in and around Wanaka is no longer sensible, and as the town grows, shooters must seek out safer areas to do so.


With the onset of summer, young people will be gathering in their numbers and enjoying each other’s company along with alcohol, in the outdoors.  These gatherings frequently come to Police attention for the wrong reasons.  Parents, please be vigilant to know where their young adults are, who they are with, and what they are consuming.


Licensed premises have been really good during the Rugby World Cup 2019. The televised hours that the matches are being screened suit many people and the feedback has been positive. Two males were ejected from Post Office Lane on Saturday night - you need to remember that you are there as guests of the manager and are required to act sensibly. These two were trespassed and cannot drink there for two years.


There has been a steady flow of found property coming into the Police Station - a builders’ bag and tools, and a drone, are here waiting to be claimed by the owners.


Have a safe week.