We are appalled to learn of the stabbing of an elderly Australian campervan tourist at Waihi beach in the early hours of 1 January 2013. Robert Murray Wilkinson was aged 64 and had been living in the Queensland suburb of Indooroopilly, Australia, for about 10 years. Sadly he succumbed to his injuries and police have launched a murder investigation (Operation Brad) Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
The stabbing took place outside of 25 Beach Road, Waihi
This is the latest in a string of attacks against campers and caravaners in New Zealand, the most horrific of them the beating and savage rape of a five year old Belgian girl at a Turangi campsite.
According to a report on Stuff
“The 64-year-old expat who now lives in Queensland is in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital’s Intensive Car Unit with severe head injuries after the New Year’s Day attack.
The man and his wife were staying in a caravan in front of a friend’s house when the attack happened.”
Police are hoping to be able to use photographs taken by New Year revellers to find out the identity of the person responsible for the unprovoked attack.
We’ve written many times about attacks on campervan tourists in New Zealand. If you’re considering a camping or campervan holiday in New Zealand always stay at an official campsite and never camp in lay-bys or on the side of the road because there have been far too many attacks on tourists. Even staying in a registered campsite offers little protection, as evidenced by the attack on the child at Turangi.
Keep yourselves safe.
Update 8 January 2013
Police issued a news release today, saying there other unlawful incidents in the vicinity.
Waikato District Crime Manager, Detective Chris Page, said as Operation Brad, the investigation into the murder of 64-year-old Murray WILKINSON, heads into its eighth day the events leading up to the fatal attack are becoming clearer.
“We knew there were a lot of people, predominantly intoxicated youths, in and around the area where the attack took place and we have confirmed there were several incidents of assaults and disorder.
“What the response to appeals for information and images has done however, is enable us to identify people, places and times as we piece together the various parts of the jigsaw of our investigation.”
Mr Page said about 30 Police staff from across the Waikato, Central and Upper North Island continue to work on the case as part of what Police refer to as a ‘whole of policing’ response…
Our other campervan stories you may be interested in reading: Freedom camping in New Zealand.
You may also be interested in An Aussie on Holidays in NZ shocked by the Reality.
Some of Tuomas Enbuske’s jokes:
“New Zealand has a very strong culture. An extremely strong barbecue, beer and car driving culture.”
Other countries’ experts come to Finland to learn from the Finnish educational system, people come to New Zealand to eat Kiwi fruit”
“The most famous New Zealanders in the world are ….er what was this guy’s name?…no he’s from…Australia”
“You sing in your national anthem that god defend New Zealand, well after seeing your unemployment and suicide it seems that god doesn’t defend Maoris”
“We have Kimi Räikkönen – you have sheep…we have the angry birds game – you have sheep, we have Nokia – you have sheep…”
We fully expect a massive backlash within New Zealand to this video from people that are quick to criticise other countries but can’t take a joke about themselves. Maybe Mr Brownlee should concentrate on getting the rebuild of Christchurch underway. How long has it been now since the earthquake?
Jerry Brownlee said his speech in the NZ parliament was meant to be humorous and not an attack on the country:
“I’m sure that New Zealanders have been on the butt of all sorts of jokes at various times and not taken offence at such a thing.”
We’re not so sure
“The Finnish embassy in Canberra has asked for an explanation over comments Gerry Brownlee made about the Nordic country in Parliament.
During a debate in Parliament Brownlee criticised Labour leader David Shearer for using Finland as an example when outlining his vision for New Zealand.
Brownlee proceeded to list reasons why he believes New Zealand is a superior country to Finland, including a “terrible” homicide rate, having a better standard of living, more consistent growth, lower unemployment, and lower inflation rates.
He also said Finland “hardly educates its people, and has no respect for women”.
Brownlee said he could not believe “for the life of me” that Labour wanted to be like Finland.
Radio NZ is reporting that, Juha Parikka, the deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra, has written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade asking if there will be any reaction from the Government to Brownlee’s comments…” more here
Pot calling the kettle black more to come
- Every year there are about 500 completed suicides in New Zealand, plus 5,000 hospitalisations. New Zealand leads the world in the highest rates of suicide for under 36 year olds.
- Kiwi youth suffer some of the worst health outcomes in the developed world. New Zealand youth have higher rates of mental illness, suicide, teen pregnancy and suffered more injuries than young people in other OECD countries.
- New Zealand is ranked joint third in the world by UNICEF for the highest number of child maltreatment deaths (1.2 per 100,000 children) only the US and Mexico have more.
- “NZ has 14 times the average OECD rate of rheumatic fever, five to 10 times the rate of whooping cough and pneumonia compared with the United Kingdom and United States, and four to six times the rate of child maltreatment compared with the best countries.”
- Children as young as nine are among the hundreds of young people aged under 16 that are being treated for alcohol and drugs addiction – and that’s just in Auckland. The numbers of children receiving treatment is on the rise – there was a 20% increase in 2010.
- The Chief Coroner said he was “shocked and frustrated” by the high number of very young teens (some as young as 13) who drink themselves to death in New Zealand. It’s another symptom of the country’s hard drinking/binge drinking culture.
- According to figures held by the independent NZ Institute murder and manslaughter account for around 100 deaths every year, it places New Zealand 5th out of 30 OECD countries for violent deaths.
- There also scores of people who simply ‘disappear’ in New Zealand every year, such as Korean mother Jessica Chun who went missing on a Northland holiday or Srikanth Rayadurgam who vanished on his way to college in Auckland, who are never declared dead.
Raurangi Marino, a 16 year old youth, has been sentenced to only 10 years in prison for burglary and the brutal assault and rape of a 5 year old tourist in Turangi.
Marino had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, sexual violation by rape and causing grievous bodily harm. His young victim was only 5 years old when Marino attacked her as she lay sleeping in her family’s caravan at the Club Habitat holiday park in Turangi. It is thought that the European family were on holiday from Belgium.
Marino is rumoured to have inflicted horrendously sadistic injuries on the little girl, too graphic to repeat here and she will likely bear the scars for life. One has to question if 10 years is a sufficient punishment for this crime, given that he could be out on parole and back into the community in a few years. The NZ public should insist that a condition of any parole is that he has no contact with gang members.
Further details were released about what happened on the night of the attack, it seems that the girl was not asleep when Marino attacked her
Inside the caravan, Raurangi Marino locked the door and grabbed the girl around the neck as she tried to flee.
He began to choke her in an attempt to stop her screams; he did so with such force that she passed out. Then he began to beat her about the face and body with his fists and elbows while sexually assaulting her.
The attack on the girl left her with four teeth knocked out and serious internal injuries.
Both her eyes were swollen shut and she had cuts and bruising to her face.
She was rushed to Waikato Hospital in a life-threatened condition and underwent surgery for 4½ hours.
The family is deeply traumatised by the attack and say their dream New Zealand holiday had been turned into a nightmare
Judge Cooper said the girl had suffered significant emotional trauma and there could be consequences for her when she was an adult.
Marino confessed to police several days later. Judge Cooper said the attack had impacted enormously on the girl’s parents and they were showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder…
…Rotorua Crown Solicitor Fletcher Pilditch said “heads had been shaking the breadth of the country” and the community of New Zealand had been bewildered at how “one of our own” could commit such a brutal attack.
The victim and her family had come to New Zealand to enjoy “its places, people and peace”.
Mr Pilditch referred to comments made by the victim’s mother that their dream holiday in New Zealand had turned into a nightmare.
We don’t understand why New Zealand is so bewildered by this attack, take one look at Marino’s upbringing – it’s not at all unusual in New Zealand, it takes society to raise a child and it is failing thousands of them every day.
Lenient sentence is “a joke”
There have been calls for Marino’s sentence to be extended and the ODT reported that the judge, showing a compassion for Marino that was denied to his victim, had scaled back the sentence from a starting point of 18 years
Aucklander Tamsin Marshall, who is launching a petition for cumulative sentences instead of concurrent sentences as a result of this case, described the sentence as a joke and said Marino should be serving 19 years’ jail.
“If we were in America he would be locked up for a long time.”…
…Judge Cooper said the starting point was 18 years’ jail but reduced the sentence to 10 years, acknowledging Marino’s early guilty plea, his dysfunctional background and remorse.
Once Were Warriors upbringing
According to the report in The New Zealand Herald Marino came from a dysfunctional background and was caught up with New Zealand’s shameful and ever present gang culture. It sounds very much like a Once Were Warriors upbringing:
“The court heard how Marino had come from a troubled, violent background and dysfunctional family and was drunk at the time of the attack and could recall little of it.
He had been bullied, abused, attempted suicide and began taking drugs and alcohol from an early age, the court heard.
The families of both of his parents had been involved in gangs…”
His mother, Lavina Wall, who had been involved with the Black Power gang, reportedly gave a dismal account of family life in New Zealand and her failings as a parent, saying
“I didn’t safeguard my children, and I didn’t apply myself to looking after them“…
…Ms Wall, a former Black Power associate, said her son endured regular beatings at home.
“I wanted it to stop but I couldn’t because I was a hard-out alcoholic and it was the family versus me.”
Raurangi Marino’s father, Mark Marino was involved with the rival Mongrel Mob and is an ex convict.
Marino’s father, Mark Marino – a Taupo Mongrel Mob member – said he feared for his son’s safety in prison.
Having served time himself, he knew of prisoners with similar convictions who “just disappeared” in jail.
“The sad thing is that everyone wants him to be chucked in with the lions. From my experience not all like him come out. I’m not able to help him now; he will be on his own for a while.”
Bit late to be wanting to help your son now Mr Marino, where we you for the last 16 years. Where were you the night your son got out of his skull and raped that little girl?
The above photograph, taken over a year ago, comes from Raurangi Marino’s Facebook profile, F.T.P. means f*ck the police and Killah is his ‘gangsta’ name. Another photograph shows him posing in front of a mirror. More pleasant shots show him as part of a Kapa Haka group.
Gang connections tipped months ago
Earlier the Sunday Star Times had reported that Marino’s family had gang connections:
The Star-Times understands the teen’s father had been associated with the gang, but not since the attack, which shocked New Zealand in the lead-up to Christmas. The boy’s father cannot be named for legal reasons.
The claims were made by several sources close to the investigation.
The family and the boy are connected to a gang,” one said. “The family is gang-associated. It’s not just the father.”
Another source said: “The family are well-recognised as being what they are … rotten apples. Where are you heading in society when you have this underbelly?”…
…The Star-Times has been shown a photo that shows him posing, shirtless, with a gang nickname and an anti-police slogan clearly visible.”
Around Christmas time talk of gang problems in the township, which is 6 kilometres from the Tongariro-Rangipo Prison, was already leaking out.
At the time the New Zealand Herald reported that gang members were seen in the neighbouring reserve shortly before the attack, saying:
“Neighbours who live across the road from the holiday park told the Herald that the Mongrel Mob were out in “full force” on Wednesday night.
Gang members were partying at a home in nearby Raukura St and the residents saw a blue or grey van and black hatchback vehicle parked outside the reserve next to the camping ground between 9.30pm and 10pm…”
Turangi locals had also said that the Mongrel Mob was out in force on the night that the girl was attacked. We also knew that members of the Notorious Chapter of the Mongrel Mob have been involved in the Salvation Army’s residential Hauora treatment programme (for P addicts) which had been held at the holiday camp.
Drugs and excessive alcohol
Whether the use of the drug P was involved in this incident is unclear but a report the day after sentencing did say that Marino had been drinking and taking drugs which included cannabis:
The court was told how Marino was high on alcohol and drugs after drinking 20 to 30 bottles of beer, and RTDs, as well as smoking cannabis at a work function and party.
The youth had been drinking for 8-10 hours at an “unsupervised party” prior to the attack. There was no mention of gang members being present at that party and the defence may have keen to play down any active links to the Mongrel Mob so as to not adversely influence sentencing. We expect more about this to be revealed as time progresses.
Our other blogs on this dreadful crime include:
NZ gang related rapes of children (press reports)
Gang member raped 10 year-old - ”A 17-year-old Black Power gangster with an attitude towards women described in court as ”terrifying”, has been jailed for five years for the rape of a 10-year-old girl. Te Mana Rakatau was aged 15 when the offence occurred while he was on holiday in the Waikato in 2008.” The youth was made a fully patched Black Power so as to ‘afford him some protection’ whilst serving out his sentence.
Following last months brutal campsite rape of a 5 year old Belgian girl in Turangi Dr Kim McGregor, Executive Director of Rape Prevention Education has written an open letter to John Key.
Dr McGregor calls for a Task-force on Action on Sexual Violence to be set-up in New Zealand and cites some horrendous child abuse figures.
Far from being a great place to raise kids, the high level of sexual violence in New Zealand impacts 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 16 years. For more about the significant problems of raising children in New Zealand please see our Education and Childrens Issues facts page.
“Dear Prime Minister,
To most New Zealanders the brutal sexual assault of the sleeping 5 year old girl in Turangi just before Christmas was a shocking and shameful incident.
Prime Minister, I really hope that this incident will provide the catalyst needed for your government to begin to implement the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence (TASV) report recommendations given to your government in July 2009.
When referring to the taskforce report, the previous Minister of Justice, Simon Power, stated that, our sector represented by Te Ohaakii a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH NNEST), “as a part of the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence, is responsible for the most comprehensive roadmap on sexual violence prevention and services that any Government has ever received”. He also said “and now what you need is an assurance that the Government not only backs your work, but is prepared to pay for it”. (Speech April 2010)
As you will be aware, few of the taskforce recommendations have been implemented and rather than your government resourcing our specialist services, our sector’s capacity to prevent and deal with the high levels of sexual violence in our country has been diminished in the last two years – especially since the withdrawal of $6 million per annum of counselling support (from $10.6 million in 2007/2008 to $4.5 million in 2010/2011 see OIA attached).
Prime Minister, as you will be aware, every community in New Zealand has people who perpetrate sexually harmful behaviours as well as people who have experienced sexual violence. You will also know that such sexual violence is preventable.
Lessons need to be learned from the appalling incident in Turangi, so that we as a nation can join together to protect other children from the sexual violence that currently impacts approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 16 years in this country.
Although rarely by a stranger, every year a few of these thousands of children throughout the country will experience one-off brutal incidents similar to the one reported in Turangi. Others will experience regular sexual violations that may be repeated over months or even years. What vary are the victims’ ages and the relationship of the offender to the child.
While most on-going experiences of sexual violence are less outwardly brutal, they are still likely to be traumatic and have long-term negative health and social impacts.
Without intervention and specialist support, child sexual violence is potentially life-threatening. Common on-going effects of child sexual violence can include a lifetime of anxiety, and serious depressions that can develop into harmful behaviours towards the self and/or others.
Mostly there are no witnesses to child sexual violence that happens every day in our country – usually behind closed doors within the child’s home or community.
Commonly the child is prevented from speaking of the crime for a variety of reasons including that the child is groomed to feel they are to blame, is threatened, or, the sex offender is someone close to the child or is a valued member of the child’s community.
If child-victims do ever speak about sexual violence, often it is not until they are adults. This is sometimes when they first look for counselling help.
Many of those who commit sexually harmful behaviours begin with concerning sexualised behaviours in childhood. While some of these behaviours will stop in childhood, without early detection and intervention, by teenage years or early twenties, some of these behaviours may have escalated and become entrenched, impacting many child and/or adult victims – sometimes over many years. A few offenders will also commit brutal attacks similar to the assault committed in Turangi.
Prime Minister, what is required to prevent sexual violence is the increased resourcing that Minister Power referred to and also leadership that extends beyond elections and the term of a single Minister. To keep our children safe, our communities need a government and a specialist sector joined together in a determined effort and sustained over many years.
Please help us by providing the leadership necessary to establish an on-going forum or process so that government Ministers and relevant Ministries can continue to work with our specialist TOAH NNEST sector to make children in this country safe from sexual violence.
There are some simple and achievable actions your government can take immediately. These recommendations were given to your government in the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence report in July 2009 (see the Ministry of Justice website). Key actions include, please:
reinstate the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence that for the first time ever in our country provided leadership through a joint government partnership with specialist Maori and Tauiwi sector representatives.
Two years of the Taskforce (2007-2009) was not enough. We had only just begun the huge amount of work required to make our communities safe from sexual violence;
approve and resource the first ever National Sexual Violence Prevention Plan that was developed over the two years of the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence.
It is unclear why the National Sexual Violence Prevention Plan was scrapped before it was to be approved by Cabinet in 2010. This Plan would have been the first of its kind in New Zealand and would have helped us catch-up to many other countries whose governments have taken an active leadership role in sexual violence prevention; and
provide realistic and sustained funding to our poorly resourced TOAH NNEST specialist sexual violence prevention and intervention frontline services that include early intervention programmes for children with concerning sexualised behaviour.
Our early intervention programmes offer the best hope of identifying early, children who are at risk of later sexual offending, and intervening to prevent this occurring. There are hundreds of children and youths and their families throughout the country who want and need our early interventions that will help to stop further sexual violations. While we have excellent specialist community treatment services throughout the country, these services are currently insufficiently resourced to help increase the safety in all of our communities.
Our TOAH NNEST support services aim to provide every area in New Zealand with specialist child, youth and adult, forensic, medical and psychological early intervention support services, on-going phone and face-to-face individual, and family counselling, criminal justice support services and, where possible, specialist family reintegration and restorative justice services.
Sexual violence against children in New Zealand happens on a daily basis and affects approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 16 years.
Sexual violence is preventable.
To avoid further sexual attacks on our children I implore you to:
implement the recommendations in the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence report
reinstate the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence
approve and resource the drafted National Sexual Violence Prevention Plan.”
replace the $6 million saved from cuts to our services, and
provide our services with realistic and sustainable funding so that we can provide New Zealanders with the specialist services they need to work to prevent and deal with the huge levels of sexual violence that every community in the country deals with every day.
Sexual violence is a complex social issue. It is hugely costly to survivors of sexual violence, their families, and communities, and the taxpayer. It is by far the most costly crime per incident. Treasury estimated that sexual violence directly cost the economy $1.2 billion in 2003-2004, and the cost now could be as high as $7.5 billion per year.
Our frontline services aim to provide those affected by sexual violence with vital, and often life-saving, early and on-going support, for the years that it often takes to deal with the trauma that follows.
Every community should have access to our wrap-around specialist sexual violence support services including our prevention, early intervention, on-going counselling and court support services, specifically tailored to meet the needs of children, youth, adults and their families.
Mount Roskill Intermediate school
We’re relieved to hear that a suspect has been arrested in relation to the savage beating and rape of woman in Mount Roskill.
The 27 year woman old was attacked as she walked home from work through the grounds of Mount Roskill Intermediate school on the afternoon of 17 January 2012 . Her husband went to look for her and found her semi-conscious and badly injured She was left traumatised by the attack and unable to speak, taking over a week to recover in hospital.
In the same area another woman had been approached earlier in the day by an aggressive male behaving in a threatening manner. She told her mother who lives overseas, who read about the rape on-line and then contacted New Zealand police.
Police say they have a 17 year old youth in custody, given his age we assume that he will not be afforded the privilege of name suppression. Initially he will appear in youth court because he was 16 when the woman was attacked, but we suspect the case will be moved to a higher court to deal with. According to the Herald
He will appear in Auckland Youth Court charged with assault with Intent to commit rape, aggravated wounding, unlawful sexual connection and rape.
At the time, Inspector Gary Allcock said her injuries were “serious” and counted it among the worst he had seen in 28 years of policing.
NZ’s out of control teens
The number of rapes and violent attacks perpetrated by teens in New Zealand is reaching worrying proportions, it was only a matter of weeks ago that a 16 year old raped and mutilated a 5 year old Belgian girl at a Turangi campsite. The two males charged with the death of reporter Phillip Cottrell were aged 17 and 19, and the youth who battered Karen Aim to death was only 14.
Today two youths aged 14 and 15 appeared in Rotorua Youth Court charged with the assault of elderly Polish man, Roman Skorek, whose body was found in Kuirau Park early on Tuesday morning. A 20 year old has been charged with murder.
Youth crime is becoming increasingly savage in New Zealand. As the officers working on the Turangi rape case said: its time for NZ society to take a good look at itself.
Its also time for an in-depth review of the criminal justice system for youth offenders. Something patently isn’t working.
Mount Roskill Intermediate
The school is situated in south Auckland, use the street view above to locate the area within Auckland.