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No booze for groom
A 36-year-old Australian groom
will be forced to have a dry
wedding after throwing a glass in
a Queenstown pub at the
weekend. Cameron Ritchie Muir,
labourer, of Melbourne, appeared
in the Queenstown District Court
charged with assault with a glass
and assault on April 21. Muir, who
had arrived in Queenstown on the
day of the incident, was involved
in an altercation at The Boiler
Room bar after he threw water at
a barman. The barman then threw
ice at Muir, who then threw his
glass which hit the barman. The
glass smashed and fragments hit
another customer, causing minor
scratching. Judge Michael Turner
ordered Muir to surrender his
passport and not to consume
alcohol. He was remanded without
plea to appear in the Invercargill
District Court on Friday.
Mega mall move
The backers of a $125 million
mega mall set to fill the Hendo s
Hole site have applied for their
second resource consent, to guard
against a judicial review.
Queenstown Gateway (Five Mile)
applied for a second resource
consent application for the $125m,
seven-building mall covering
23,000 square metres on the
Frankton Flats on April 10. The
company received their first
resource consent for the mall in
late August. The complex will
cover the large, gaping excavation
for a two-level underground car
park left by developer David
Henderson when his initial
development on the site went into
receivership in 2008. Queenstown
Gateway owner Tony Gapes said it
was not because of any alteration
of the mall s plans, but as a
backup to the defence of the
looming judicial review. The
judicial review will begin in the
Invercargill High Court on Monday.
McCarthy, of the
Queenstown branch of
The Redeemed, will
ride Samoan roads after
being chosen by the
national leaders to join
their mission to reach
Photo: SUE FEA:
Bikies share hope message
By SUE FEA
A Queenstown builder is making
his way around Samoa on his
Yamaha R1 this week with a
couple of former bikie gang
presidents on a Christian mis-
sion to reduce the disturbing
rate of youth suicide there.
Carie McCarthy is becoming
renowned in the newly formed
first South Island branch of The
Redeemed motorcycle ministry
in Queenstown, for his distinc-
tive custom-built ''chopper''
But it was his laid-back persona-
lity and ability to relate on a real
level to young people that attrac-
ted the attention of The Redee-
med national president, former
Headhunters motorcycle gang
president and founder, Amos
Ale, during a Redeemed mission
to The Beach Hop motorcycle
rally in Whangamata earlier this
''Carie's just at that age where he
can relate to the young ones. He
just says 'that's how I roll' and
pulls up on his bike in his skate
shoes and jeans,'' Mr Ale said.
Mr McCarthy was flown over
and his bike shipped over, free of
charge, with Harleys and other
large machines, to join a team of
six Redeemed members, inclu-
ding Mr Ale and a former
Mongrol Mob member, both
Samoan, who will share the
story of how they turned from
''the bad scene'' to Jesus and
now share the Christian mes-
sage of hope.
Authorities in Samoa heard
about the New Zealand motor-
cycle ministry and invited the
team over to help combat e huge
problems with youth.
The ''Ride for Life'' around
Samoan schools and youth
groups would raise awareness
about suicide and give young
people a positive alternative.
''A lot of people think gang
members don't change, but they
do change and this message
gives them hope,'' Mr Ale said.
''Saying 'no' to your peers is
nothing to be ashamed about.
There's a lot of pride among
those young ones, but we teach
them that they can say 'no' to
things they don't want to do.
They're ashamed in front of
their mates and don't want to be
called 'a girl', but we tell them
you're a better person if you can
say 'no','' Mr Ale, who formed
The Redeemed in 1997, said.
Mr McCarthy said he was
''pumped'' at the opportunity to
go to Samoa and just invested in
a rare Misfit custom chopper.
''Hanging out with youth and
riding bikes, that's my deal
really,'' he said.
''We all love to ride, that's why
the other thing we love - that's
being a light and sharing God.
We use what we have without
having to use words.''
Queenstown Redeemed chair-
man Blair McKenzie said mem-
bers were ''absolutely stoked''
Mr McCarthy was chosen for
such an amazing opportunity.
The Queenstown Redeemed gave
away almost 300 sausages and
cold drinks at International
Children's Day last month.
To contact The Redeemed phone or text
027 939 1176.
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