A helicopter pilot was fined $3600 on a representative charge of operating an aircraft without a medical certificate, and a charge of failing to maintain an accurate logbook.
Four people who took more than 10,000 cockles on a family outing to Saltwater Creek, North Canterbury, have admitted breaching the amateur fishing regulations.
A taxi driver’s sex attack on an intoxicated and sleeping woman passenger showed “a degree of planning, sophistication, and thought” said the Christchurch judge who jailed him for eight years.
A young man facing charges over alleged ram-raids on two service stations and one dairy in New Brighton has appeared in the Christchurch District Court.
A 17-year-old has been sentenced to five months home detention after using excessive force trying to defend his brother in a street brawl.
Not guilty pleas have been entered by the man accused of assaulting and murdering 14-month-old Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes.
Two women being held in custody are denying any role in an alleged pellet-gun robbery in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Stresses arising from the Christchurch earthquakes have been blamed for a flurry of quake fraud and forgery offending by a woman with a history of mental instability.
Two tourists have been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after an attack by a group of up to eight people in the driveway of their backpackers’ accommodation in the central city.
Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in the number of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles in the Riccarton area of Christchurch. The vehicles being targeted by opportunistic thieves appear to be parked either on the roadside or up driveways.
A cordon was set up around part of the New Brighton Mall area where a 72-year-old man was assaulted overnight.
Canterbury Police are investigating the death of a 15 month old baby.
The latest report of an inept liquor store robbery in Aranui has brought to mind some other famously bungled local cases.
A rebuild worker from overseas has suffered a huge financial setback after breaching New Zealand’s drink-drive laws.
He has been working on the Christchurch rebuild for two years two months while sending money back to his wife and two sons in the Philippines.
He had spent the night at a function out of Christchurch and set off early on June 7 to return to the city, to get to a church service.
He says he swerved on the West Coast Road to avoid a rabbit and slid along the wet grass and crashed through a Selwyn District road sign.
That led to a charge of drink-driving when a check showed a level of 555mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath.
He was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.
He wrecked his car and he has lost his insurance because of the alcohol conviction. He cannot afford to get the car repaired.
The council’s insurance company is now seeking $10,000 from him for the smashed road sign as well.
He may get some help from his workmates to get through all these difficulties.
The court did not hear the fate of the rabbit
Four young men faced damage bills after what a lawyer called “The Great Golf Cart Heist”.
Grappling with the sentencing of a young dad for domestic violence, Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish came up with the idea of a whole new licensing system.
Earlier court news
A Bromley woman who tried to take synthetic cannabis into prison has been sentenced to 120 hours community work.
A Christchurch street kid who stole the donations box from the cardboard cathedral has admitted being a cannabis user since he was aged eight.
Police have reopened investigations into two assault complaints by Christchurch Casino patrons who allege their arms were broken by a security officer during a fracas outside the main doors.
A woman was told that she must open her eyes because it was “disrespectful” not to watch while she was being raped.
A Christchurch man is denying a charge of importing the class A drug cocaine and is being held in custody for a case review in September.
A 16-year-old boy has not denied seven burglary charges alleging he stole women’s underwear from washing lines and homes in the Burwood area.
An Oxford contractor admitted receiving trailers and tools worth at least $12,000 and being reckless about whether or not they had been stolen, in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.
Police are seeking $4200 reparations from a 22-year-old Bishopdale man who has admitted 37 charges including thefts from seven cars.
A professional Canterbury man alleged to have possessed child pornography images is denying 14 charges and has elected trial by jury.
Michael Paul Thompson’s robbery of a Linwood liquor store was so inept that a judge has literally given him a discount “for stupidity”.