Wanaka and Alex to get 24/7 policing
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’’.
The Wanaka Trail Ride is on Sunday April 23 at Tarras.