The Christmas/New Year period has passed, and it went reasonably well considering the many people in town and the large volume of traffic on the roads. Rhythm and Alps again went off smoothly without any major incident. Thanks to all those involved in making it a success again. Those that attended the Wanaka Rodeo also had a lot of fun on a nice day and there were no issues reported to Police.
During the last week or two, the Wanaka Police Station has been inundated with found property so if you have lost anything of value, come in and see Kate and Catherine at the front counter.
On 30 December two young guys walking home along Beacon Point Road were accosted by three males and a bag stolen from them. Anyone knowing the three males involved are asked to contact me at the Wanaka Police Station on 443 7272.
Between 29 and 30 Dec three vehicles parked at an Aubrey Road address were damaged overnight. Anyone knowing who the culprits are can contact the Wanaka Police and quote file-191231/9416.
On the subject of damage, local Police and Council were astounded at the number of street signs that were damaged or uprooted around the town over the Christmas/New Year period. Obviously not the work of our local population.
On New Year's Day a custom built titanium mountain bike along with a blue cycle helmet were stolen from outside Kai Whaka Pai. If you know its whereabouts then contact Police and we will let the owner reclaim it.
Over the last couple of weeks a steady flow of drink-drivers have been processed by Police and most are off to Court to hand over their driver licences to the Judge.
A number of disorder incidents were reported at a couple of the local camp grounds. Those involved were kicked out by management so that the families and other more responsible users could get some sleep. Next year we will insist that camp ground managers deny entry to any groups that have no adult supervision. A number of tents and property were reported stolen from the Albert Town Camp Ground over New Year. Anyone with information as to who was responsible are asked to contact Wanaka Police.
On 2 January at 11.50pm two people got into difficulties in the Clutha River near Wicklow Tce in Albert Town. Thanks to the Harbour Master and Go Jets for helping Police get them to shore alive. A reminder that the Clutha River is running high and it is easy to get into difficulties.
On 3 January, the local ‘breadman’ was doing his deliveries in the early hours and some plonker stole his crate barrow while he was away from his truck. Anyone knowing where the barrow is are asked to let local Police know so we can get it back to him.
A reminder that Police will continue to focus on disorder, speed, drink driving and the wearing of seatbelts while driving. For those that want to party, be considerate of your neighbours, and could dog owners clean up their do-doos and keep control of your pets on the lakefront areas.
Have a safe week. Kei te wiki haumaru.