Wanaka and Alex to get 24/7 polic­ing

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Wanaka and Alexandra will be bol­stered by more po­lice resources as part of a $503 mil­lion Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment into polic­ing.

Whether the towns will have more po­lice of­fi­cers is un­con­firmed, but 37 ex­tra staff have been al­lo­cated to the South­ern District.

The an­nounce­ment of new re­sponse bases in the towns means they will be po­liced 24-hoursa-day, seven-daysa-week.

The new resources for Wanaka are not set to be rolled out un­til 2019-20 and for Alexandra un­til 2020-21.

Otago Lakes-Cen­tral area com- man­der In­spec­tor Olaf Jensen said it was ‘‘great news for our com­mu­nity’’ and for New Zealand.

The re­gion was an area of growth, which was a fac­tor in the de­ci­sion to bol­ster Wanaka and Alexandra, he said.

Queen­stown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said he was ‘‘de­lighted’’ Po­lice Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett had heard the mes­sage that ex­tra po­lice were re­quired in the re­gion.

Boult was par­tic­u­larly pleased that an area of growth like Wanaka would now be ser­viced 24/7.

Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said it was a ‘‘re­ally pos­i­tive thing’’.

NADINE CAGNEY

The Wanaka Trail Ride is on Sun­day April 23 at Tar­ras.

Olaf Jensen.

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