What a massive weekend - the Wanaka Show, NZ Rodeo Finals and the Motatapu Multi Sport event.
Again Wanaka was bursting at the seams - a real challenge for such a small town and its limited facilities. The roads and CBD were extremely busy from 8am to 5am the following mornings. Fortunately, most people in Wanaka for these events were well behaved. Apart from a couple of drink drivers, and a few handbag fights, Police were very happy with the general behaviour.
Thanks to all the organisers of the events, the volunteers, and the competitors, for making these events successful. Thanks to those groups who helped at the gates, admission booths, car parking areas, security, etc.
Interestingly, those that chose to spend the evening in licensed premises were well supervised and well behaved, while those wandering aimlessly around the CBD were not. One young Southern Man who chose to walk up to Police on foot patrol and call them ‘pigs’ may now realise that that was not a good move, when he wants to go hunting next.
On 6th March, Police dealt with an incident involving threats made by text message. On the same day, as the result of a vehicle stop, an Alexandra man was charged with Possession of Cannabis for Supply.
On 7th March, Police processed a local woman for drink driving. Also on SH 8A a 19 yr old Christchurch man had his licence suspended when his vehicle speed was recorded at 149km/hr. (50 demerit points, $630 fine and a 28 day suspension).
On 9th March, a 17 year old Ranfurly woman, who was in town for the show, was processed for drink driving.
On 10th March, Police dealt with a noise complaint in Ragan Lane, Wanaka. Loud music is not acceptable at 3am in the morning. First port of call is the QLDC for noise complaints, then perhaps - if there is no compliance, local Police may intervene. A third drink driver was also processed in Wanaka for drink driving. Orbis on Ardmore St also reported the theft of two pairs of cufflinks during the afternoon.
On 11th March, a vehicle parked in Youghal St had its passenger window smashed. At about 1am a male was assaulted outside the Bullock Bar and Police are following up on a positive lead for that one. A complaint was received of a letter box on Mt Iron Drive being smashed at about 3am on Sunday morning.
Town can now catch its breath until Warbirds Over Wanaka on 30th March to 1st April.
Have a safe week.