Arrowtown rugby players (from left) Kelly Henderson and
Daniel Eyles, with Westpac Queenstown bank manager Fiona
McLister and Otago-Southland area manager Ken Cochrane,
outside the bank's repaired glass door which was smashed
last week. Photo by James Beech.
Westpac Queenstown staff thanked the Arrowtown rugby team
for their part in the arrest of a man who allegedly smashed the
glass door to the bank, and then helped keep the bank safe
until police arrived.
Players Kelly Henderson and Daniel Eyles, on behalf of their
seven other team-mates who intervened, were invited to the
bank on lower Beach St on Thursday to be thanked in person by
bank manager Fiona McLister and Otago-Southland area manager
Mr Henderson said the team was in ''the right place at the
right time'' and ''felt we had a responsibility to help''
when they heard the glass smash and saw the alleged offender
The players had just left the nearby Flame Bar and Grill
restaurant on Monday about 10pm.
Team members gave chase but lost the alleged offender, and
returned to the group standing guard outside the compromised
As the players were describing the man to police, all were
surprised to see the alleged offender casually return to the
scene of the crime, where he was pointed out to police and
A 25-year-old Australian man has been charged with
intentional damage and is expected to appear in the
Queenstown District Court on September 9.
Ms McLister said the effect of the vandalism was huge, with
several staff, security and a glazier called at night to
secure the bank, sort through paperwork and repair the glass
door as quickly as possible.
Mr Cochrane said the Arrowtown players were having a night
out and did not have to get involved, but it was good to see
there were still people who would step in.