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Minor criminal offending escapes conviction through granting diversion
By JOHN EDENS
Almost $1 million was paid to
charities by offenders given police
diversion in Queenstown in the
past 10 years.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford,
of Queenstown, said almost 200
people from 26 countries includ-
ing New Zealand were granted
diversion last year, with more
than $23,000 paid directly to
victims of minor offending.
On average, police in Queenstown
diverted about 300 people each
year -- many were Kiwis arrested
for driving offences.
''They attend a defensive driving
course or they go to an instructor
. . . at the offender's expense. A lot
are sent to alcohol counselling.''
Offenders were granted diversion
for acts including assault, dis-
orderly behaviour, fighting, tres-
passing, shoplifting and wilful
Options included payments to
victims and registered charities
or, for example, relationship or
Diversion can be applied more
than once but there must be a five-
year gap between offending and
the offence committed must be in
a different category.
''This year 200 people have
avoided a criminal conviction and
it's 200 cases that have not had to
go to court, wasting time on
offences that warrant some sort of
accountability but do not warrant
wasting the court's time.''
Many minor offences were
alcohol-related or one-off
incidents committed by people
with no convictions who should
not have their copybook blotted
because of an isolated drunken
incident, Mr Blackford said.
Nationwide, Queenstown was the
third busiest station for diver-
sions and in a decade 3000 people
This year almost 200 people were
given diversion, paying $51,000 to
charities and $23,000 to victims so
Wood a better option?
DO THE SURVEY
What: Ahika Consulting is
surveying organisations on their
energy use as part of its research
on whether wood could be a
more efficient heating source in
the Queenstown Lakes and
Central Otago districts.
Win: Complete the survey by the
end of January and one
respondent will win a $500
ENERGY FUTURES FORUM
What: A discussion about future energy sources in the Queenstown Lakes
and Central Otago districts.
When: February 25, 4.30pm until 6pm
Where: Queenstown Lakes District Council's Queenstown offices.
By JESSICA MADDOCK
Energy efficient: Mt
Difficulty's Matt Dicey
says the winery is
saving thousands a
year on energy since
replacing its gas
heating system with a
wood chip boiler.
Photo: JESSICA MADDOCK
The company investigating using
wood such as wilding conifers as
heat sources for large energy
users is asking organisations to
complete a survey to help the
Dunedin-based energy efficiency
firm, Ahiki Consulting, and Otago
Polytechnic's Centre for Sustain-
able Practice have been com-
missioned by the Queenstown
Lakes and Central Otago district
councils and the Conservation
Department to examine whether
renewable wood could replace the
traditional heating sources of
coal, diesel and LPG.
Queenstown Lakes district for-
ester Briana Pringle said control-
ling wilding pines was expensive
and using the wood waste for
heating could offset the cost.
Wood was already used to heat
the Wanaka pool, but the chips
were trucked from Naseby,
despite the abundance of wilding
conifers in the district.
Ahika's energy consultant Lloyd
McGinty said Dunstan High
School, Dunstan Hospital and Mt
Difficulty and Rippon wineries
also used wood burners. Commer-
cial accommodation, laundromats
and rest homes were other
businesses which could benefit
from switching to renewable
''One of the main advantages is
the low cost compared to LPG,
diesel or electricity. Wood chip
boilers can be up to 60 per cent
cheaper to operate.
''Developing a wood energy
supply cluster is a chicken and
egg scenario. Organisations are
unlikely to invest in expensive
wood boilers and associated
infrastructure if the supply isn't
available and secure. Conversely,
suppliers are unlikely to enter the
market unless there's reasonable
demand for their product. Either
way, someone has to be the first
off the block.''
Mt Difficulty's general manager
Matt Dicey said the winery had
saved thousands of dollars a year
since replacing its gas boiler with
wood about four years ago.
The infrastructure and installa-
tion had cost about $100,000 and
had been partially funded by an
Energy Efficiency and Conser-
vation Authority grant.
The winery's gas boiler had
heated the glycol, which con-
trolled the fermenting tem-
peratures and the rooms, and the
gas bill had been about $10,000 a
year. The wood burner also
heated the water, with about $7000
spent on locally-sourced wood
chips per annum.
The winery's annual production
had more than doubled since the
boiler was changed and Mr Dicey
estimated the energy bill would
have grown to about $25,000 a
year had gas been
used to heat the
Using hot water to
sterilise equipment had also
reduced the amount the winery
spent on chemicals.
The anonymous survey focused
on an organisation's energy use
and aimed to increase Ahika's
understanding of the potential
interest in, and demand for, using
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