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Wakatipu High School pupil
Fynn Thompson, 16, was sixth
in the under-19 ITU Triathlon
World Champs in Auckland on
Monday. He was one of the
youngest in the race, making
the result even more
Lawyer dies in crash
Former Queenstown lawyer
is believed to
have died of
Saturday night at Tuckers
Beach Rd. He is survived by
wife Jenni McBride and eight
Mataura man Wiluke
Pewhairangi created this 500
millimetre replica of the TSS
Earnslaw from scrap metal,
including a diesel tank, to mark
100 years of the steamship on
Lake Wakatipu. Complete with
little replica people, it took the
scrap metal hobbyist about
two days to build. He had no
particular plans for it except to
add it to his collection of
artwork. He has since started
work on a replica Kingston
Two Queenstown cafes won a
regional heat in a bid to find
the country's best
establishments. Vudu, in Rees
St, and Vesta Cafe in Marine
Pde won best Central Otago
cafe and runner-up
respectively. A Southland
business, Mrs Clark's Cafe in
Riverton won the national title
of the country's best in the
New Zealand Best Cafe
Awards. The awards were run
by Cafe magazine.
Gong for Queenstown
Queenstown was named as
one of top five destinations in
the South Pacific. Based on
46,467 reader reviews in
Conde Nast Traveler, the
luxury travel mag ranked
Queenstown second overall for
its ambience, friendliness,
restaurants. It scored 76.4, just
behind Sydney with 81.7.
Stone displayed in an Alpine
Fencing advertisement in last
week's Mirror at Shotover
Lodge was supplied by
Safe at home: Owner Belinda McBride with Raffy.
Condemned: Chief district court Judge
Jan-Marie Doogue ordered the
destruction of Kaya, a pitbull cross.
Victim: Maltese terrier Raffy was attacked
twice by Kaya.
Bill for attack
By JOHN EDENS
Queenstown Lakes ratepayers are
forking out $35 a day to keep a
menacing dog while its owner
appeals an order to destroy it.
Chief District Court Judge Jan-
Marie Doogue heard the case
brought by the Queenstown Lakes
District Council against Karl Evans,
a builder, in August.
He was convicted of owning a dog
that attacked, fined $550 and ordered
to pay a $462 vet's bill. The judge
ordered the pitbull-cross dog, Kaya,
Mr Evans has appealed against the
destruction order and a hearing will
take place in the Invercargill High
Court on November 6.
Lakes Environmental regulatory
and corporate manager Lee Webster
said he was unable to comment in
detail because the case was before
the High Court.
Mr Evans was not appealing against
conviction, he said. He was entitled
to a statutory right of appeal but
would have to demonstrate why the
destruction order was not appli-
''We will have to wait and see what
comes out in the High Court. We
have gone through the process, we
believed the case had been conclu-
The facts of the case were deter-
mined at the hearing in the
Queenstown District Court.
Accountant Belinda McBride, of
Queenstown, was walking Maltese
terrier Raffy after work on February
7 when Evans' dog ran out and
attacked him in Lomond Cres.
Kaya first attacked Raffy in Decem-
ber, leaving an open neck wound for
two months, the court was told.
It was only the first or second time
she was able to walk her dog with a
collar on when the February attack
Kaya dragged the terrier up a
driveway before the dogs tumbled
down some steps and Evans
eventually dragged his dog off the
A shocked Ms McBride asked Evans
''He just looked at me and said 'your
dog looks like a rabbit'.''
Ms McBride told the court he said
that as long as ''your f...rabbit dog''
walked in front of his home then his
dog would always attack.
Exceptional circumstances need to
be demonstrated for a destruction
order to be rescinded.
Ratepayers continue to meet the $35
per day costs of impounding Kaya,
which so far have accumulated to
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