Kaikoura Street Attack – Further Details Emerge

The Press has published more information about the recent random street attack in the seaside town of Kaikoura, famous for its sea life watching tours and fast developing an unsavory reputation for thuggish acts of violence.

A group of holiday makers were walking back from town to the Big Ten holiday park earlier this week when they were attacked.

One of the victims was badly bitten on the face by another woman and her brother suffered a broken jaw and arm in the second bashing in Kaikoura in six weeks. The man’s partner spoke to the paper saying not enough was being done to stop random violence in the town and asked “Is it going to take someone to die before something is done?”

She went on to state that the attack, which happened just after midnight and that it

 had been “a random, violent ambush” by at least two carloads of people…”There were at least 15 of them, and they all started bashing them.

“Everyone got split up because it was dark and they were trying to run away … one of our friends got his clothes ripped off him, and his phone and wallet stolen.”

When her partner’s sister tried to take a picture of the cars, a woman leapt out of a car and “bit her in the face”.

One of the friends lay unconscious on the footpath for about 10 minutes.

“We thought he was dead. All you have to do is hit the ground wrong.”

The woman asked not to be named for fear of retribution.

“There are still heaps of them out there who want revenge for some of their mates getting arrested.

“They are scaring everyone.” read the full story here

In a previous attack in November a mob of up to 30 people set upon a group of men up from Christchurch on a fishing trip, beating them and kidnapping one.

At the time Kaikoura’s mayor, Winston Gray, said “the incident was not the first against visitors and the community needed to help stamp out violence. He was disappointed so many people were involved in the incident. 

“There must have been some amongst them that thought this is not right. Where were they – were they all so alcohol or drug-affected that reasoned judgment had totally gone out the window? Banter between groups of males is one thing; these actions, however, cannot be condoned.

These young men need to realise that they actually do not own this town.””

For background read:

Kaikoura’s mobs – street violence erupts again

Five arrested in Kaikoura Mob Attack

Seals clubbed to death on Kaikoura coast 6 December  2010 – “Twenty-three seals, including eight newborn pups, were clubbed to death in a “callous and cowardly” attack at the Ohau Point colony on the Kaikoura coast…”