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A disgraced former decorated police
officer has been convicted for drink-
driving twice within six days in
It was the third conviction for Marsden
Wayne McCarthy, 39, self-employed,
who was warned any similar offending
would result in a prison sentence.
In 2009 McCarthy, at the time
stationed in Auckland, was awarded a
district commander’s award after he and
three others removed $500,000 of drugs
from the street.
McCarthy and his colleagues were
alerted to a burglary and tracked the
offenders to a Manurewa property
where a search unearthed almost 2000
discarded packets of pseudoephedrine
and 10,000 capsules — enough to make
$500,000 worth of methamphetamine, it
was reported at the time. They also found
guns, ammunition and $35,000 cash.
In 2013 McCarthy was stood down
after he was charged with driving with a
breath alcohol level of 1053mg. He was
convicted the following year.
The police summary of facts in relation
to the two Q ueenstown incidents said
about 2.10am on March 15 McCarthy
was seen driving his Chrysler 300S in
Camp Street. Police stopped him in Earl
Street, where he showed signs of “recent
He elected a blood test which returned
a reading of 264mg.
On March 21 he was spoken to by
police and forbidden to drive.
Within hours a mobile police patrol
unit pulled him over and he was breath
tested, with a reading of 757mg.
In the Queenstown District Court
yesterday Judge Mark Callaghan said
both levels were “relatively high’’, in
particular the first which was “equivalent
to at least 1200mg’’.
The criminal limit is 400mg.
The convictions were
aggravated by his previous conviction.
Judge Callaghan acknowledged he had
taken steps to address “the alcohol issues
that you obviously have’’.
A report prepared ahead of sentencing
said McCarthy had been diagnosed with
post traumatic stress disorder “as a result
of your previous occupation’’.
A doctor was addressing the “root cause
of the alcohol issues’’, he had.
On both drink-driving charges
McCarthy was sentenced to 12 months’
intensive super vision with special
They included for him not to be in
the Q ueenstown CBD between 8pm
and 7am for the next four months and
to submit to a breath screening test if
requested by police or probation for the
next six months.
He was also sentenced to 300 hours’
community work, ordered to pay $192
reparation, was disqualified from driving
for 21 months and then be subject to a
zero alcohol licence. He was also ordered
to attend an assessment centre and be
disqualified from holding or obtaining a
driver ’s licence until the director of Land
Transport reviewed that.
For driving while forbidden he was
convicted and discharged.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Doug Dysart
The Miner va restoration is progressing steadily.
Ferry restoration takes another step
The restoration of a century-old ferry is
progressing slowly but steadily in central
Kerikeri with the latest milestone, the arrival
of a boiler shipped over from the United
The boiler, which produces steam to drive
the engines, was built 10 years ago for a boat
plying the River Thames. It arrived on site
from Kent on Friday.
But the real challenge in restoring the
Miner va will be replacing its twin steam
Kerikeri Steam Trust chairman Ian Faulkner
said efforts to trace the original engines,
which had been replaced by a diesel engine
many years ago, had been fruitless.
“ We think they were dropped to the bottom
again,” he said.
The trust wanted to run the ferry on waste
wood pellets from local mills rather than
coal, and integrate it with the Bay of Islands
If all goes to plan, the Miner va will take
tourists from Paihia to a new wharf at the
Opua terminus of the vintage railway. From
there, passengers would be able to board a
steam train to Kawakawa.
The combination of steam boat and train
would be a highly marketable attraction,
Mr Faulkner said.
The vintage railway trust is applying for
resource consent for the station and wharf at
Colenso Triangle near Opua.
Mr Faulkner said up to 15 volunteers,
including experts such as the Collins brothers
who built and operated Kerikeri’s steam
sawmill, met every Friday to help with the
“The only thing we need now to make it
happen is a larger source of funding,” he said.
The SS Miner va was built in 1910 by
Charles Bailey Junior for the Clevedon Steam
Navigation Company and ferried passengers
between Auckland and Clevedon. In its
later life the vessel was used to tow logs on
the Kaipara Harbour, as a private launch,
a floating brothel, a fishing boat and an
America’s Cup viewing boat. It was gifted to
the trust by owner Nigel Foster in 2008.
The sound of steam has returned to Kerikeri
for the first time since the steam sawmill on
Inlet Road closed down in 2015. For decades
a steam whistle could be heard as far away as
the town centre, signalling it was time to get
to work or break for a cuppa.
While the sawmill is no more the sound
returned last Friday when the Kerikeri Steam
Trust installed a steam whistle — albeit
operated by a compressor — at the Miner va
restoration site on Cobham Road.
It will sound every Friday to mark the start
of work, tea breaks, lunch and knock-off.
The whistle came from the steam boat Eliza
Hobson but was originally used at Hutton’s
sausage factory in Franklin.
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
of the Otago Daily Times
The Q ueenstown Airport Corporation
operations team authorised a Melbourne-
bound Jetstar flight to leave outside its
consented hours in May due to concern for 99
passengers on board.
It also advised the pilot there were no Civil
Aviation Authority or Air Traffic Control
restrictions that affected the late take-off.
QAC operations and safety general manager
Mike Clay said in a statement yesterday the
corporation had completed its investigation
into the after-dark flight on May 20, which
left at 10.12pm — 13 minutes outside its
There were several contributing factors,
but ultimately the corporation took “full
responsibility for making an incorrect
decision’’, Mr Clay said. The summary of
findings shows snow and ice had affected
operations at the airport that day.
Flight JQ220 to Melbourne had been
scheduled to leave at 8.45pm, but during
the aircraft turn-around — after passengers
boarded the plane — the crew observed ice on
top of the wings.
A two-stage de-icing procedure was
completed and the crew assessed they would
be able to achieve “pushback’’ at 9.35pm and
be airborne 10 minutes later, but pushback did
not begin until 9.47pm.
The summary said, on average, it took nine
minutes from pushback to “wheels up’’ and
with 13 minutes until curfew QAC operations
believed there was enough time to ensure it
met the curfew.
However, the pushback was “very slow ’’.
The pilot contacted the control tower at
9.54pm seeking clarification on whether the
aircraft needed to be in the air by 10pm or
“ just receive clearance to take off ’’ by then. The
controller sought clarification from a direct
manager and the QAC operations team.
Jetstar also contacted its Melbourne-based
operations team for confirmation of curfew
After pushback, there was a problem
removing the towbar, and once that was
disconnected and the aircraft received
clearance it was 9.57pm.
authorisation for the late departure to the
control tower,’’ the summary said.
“This was based on the rationale of concern
for the 99 passengers who had already been
onboard for 90 minutes. They did not want
to put them through a deplaning process for
what they thought would be a departure only
a couple of minutes past (10pm).’’
However, once the aircraft had lined up on
the runway it was 10pm and the crew advised
the control tower due to curfew “they would
return to the gate’’.
“The control tower then advised them
that they had received permission from
QAC operations to depart after curfew. The
pilot asked if there were any Civil Aviation
Authority or Air Traffic Control restrictions
and the controller advised that there were
Jetstar again contacted its operation team to
confirm the departure approval and conduct a
final wing inspection for icing, which further
delayed the flight.
It ultimately took off 13 minutes too late.
Mr Clay said the corporation was responsible
for upholding the airport ’s resource consent
and it apologised to residents who were
Queenstown Airport chief executive Colin
Keel said while the late departure was not a
safety issue, the airport appreciated that the
noise it made was unacceptable for residents
who were disturbed.
“O ur team had the welfare of the passengers
at heart, but we also have a commitment to the
council and our community not to create noise
outside of our consented operating hours.
“ We’ve identified a number of corrective
actions that we need to take, which are in the
process of being implemented with the airlines
and the airport ’s operations and Air Traffic
Control teams to ensure everyone is clear and
aligned about the correct procedures,’’ Mr Keel
The actions included additional wording
in various documents providing “absolute
clarification’’ that aircraft must either be
“ wheels up’’ or “wheels on the ground’’ at
10pm, without exception.
“In the future, QAC will stand an aircraft
down if it considers that it will breach the
late f light decision
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