NZCity is reporting that people in Wellington are being advised to be aware of their personal safety after a spate of street attacks. See: Safety Advisory and Aggravated Robberies
The twin issues of street violence and New Zealand’s image abroad were brought to the attention of the world’s press recently following a street bashing allegation made by French rugby player Mathieu Bastareaud , which he later admitted was untrue.
The French team had previously dodged bottles thrown at them at the Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin where they won 27-22 against the All Blacks. See: Bottles thrown