Melinda Amy Aldons, Melissa Barcelona Brimelow and Simon Leigh Crisp used the passes on 4 consecutive days till Sunday, whereas Tchad Galen Oakley used one of many passes on Sunday.
The defendants, all aged of their 30s, appeared within the Queenstown District Court docket as we speak charged with utilizing a ski cross dishonestly.
The police abstract of information mentioned the 4 have been mates of a Cardrona worker, Michelle Nguyen, 34, who advised them there have been pre-paid multi-day passes that had not been collected, they usually might use them to ski at no cost.
They picked up the passes from Nguyen on the ski space’s ticketing workplace in Wānaka on August 30, utilizing them to keep away from the $160 a day price of shopping for them.
Nguyen appeared on expenses of unlawfully accessing a pc system and utilizing a ski cross dishonestly and was remanded till October 16.
Lawyer Jacinta Grant mentioned the defendants have been embarrassed by what that they had finished.
She requested that they be discharged with out conviction after paying the skifield what they owed, and every making a $180 cost to the Salvation Military.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin mentioned Wanaka police had supported diversion for the defendants after consulting with Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Nonetheless, there was not sufficient time to finish that course of earlier than the defendants returned to Australia subsequent week.
Diversion is a police scheme during which offenders are handled ‘out of courtroom’, supplied they full agreed circumstances.
Decide Russell Walker granted the discharges, telling the defendants he hoped that they had discovered from the expertise.
‘‘I don’t count on to see any of you standing the place you are actually ever once more.’’