Police cruise the Sounds

19:10, Dec 25 2012
Lady Elizabeth
Sergeant Dave Houston of the Wellington's Police Maritime unit on the police launch Lady Elizabeth 1V.

The police launch Lady Elizabeth IV will be out in the Marlborough Sounds during summer, promoting safety on boats and keeping an eye on isolated areas.

Senior Sergeant Dave Houston, of the Wellington police maritime unit, said the police launch would be doing police patrols as well as checking on fisheries and maritime regulations from Saturday to January 2.

The launch would be back on January 18 for the Maritime Festival, then again in February.

The team will be out on the water promoting the five boating messages: wearing life jackets; skipper responsibility; having two communication devices on board; checking the weather; and avoiding alcohol, Mr Houston said.

Sergeant Kris Payne, of Picton, said the police launch would be patrolling a wide area of the Marlborough Sounds, including Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound.

The crew would also be checking for alcohol compliance as well as for for cannabis crops, he said.


The Marlborough Sounds and the West Coast are ideal spots for growing cannabis and the number of plants found increased during the summer months, he said.

Police are asking people to report any suspicious behaviour in the area.

"It's cannabis-growing season until about March," Mr Payne said. "People should tell police immediately if they come across any cannabis plants or see anything suspicious."

The Marlborough Express