Te Anau’s tourism reputation is in danger after a gang of drunken youths assaulted visitors to the town recently. The story was picked up by the Southland Times who reported that
Constable Glen Matheson, of Te Anau, said a group of seven visitors was attacked at the skate park on the outskirts of the central business district about 11.30pm on Saturday on their way to the Moose Bar…
…The incident was one of three unprovoked attacks in as many weeks, all believed to be carried out by the same group.
And the level of violence was escalating, he said. “We believe this is the core group that is causing it so we are making a move to stomp that out.” read the full story on the Southland Times site
Sounds as if the police have got their work cut-out sorting out these young ruffians, in much the same way that Kaikoura has.
One of the visitors attacked in the latest incident was on holiday from the United States and there was a growing concern about how it could affect the town’s reputation as a destination, he said.
Here’s hoping they get it sorted out before the Rugby World Cup.