Names Of Attacked Tourists Released, Name of Attacker Suppressed.

Tourists injured in NZ

Nicki Honda                                                              Michaela Brandl

The New Zealand press has released the names of the two women attacked by a man near Franz Josef over the weekend: Niki Honda and Michaela Brandl.

Bizarrely, in another one of those ‘only in NZ’ moments the man arrested for their assault, and for the rape and murder of Christchurch woman Amy Farrall, has had his name suppressed to “protect the situation.”

The man is charged with the sexual violation and murder of 24-year-old Miss Farrall at Christchurch on March 28 or 29.

He is then charged with robbing two woman tourists – Niki Honda and Michaela Brandl – of their personal belongings on the West Coast on Sunday, while armed with a metal bar.

He is charged with wounding Miss Brandl with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Sunday, and reckless driving on State High 6 on the West Coast, and failing to stop for a police car using its lights and sirens.

Miss Bulger asked for the man to be remanded without plea to the High Court for another appearance on April 16.

She asked for interim name suppression “to protect the situation in the meantime”… read the rest on

RadioNZ gives a little bit more detail:

The tourists – Michaela Brandl, 28, from Germany and Niki Honda, a 27-year-old of Japanese/Dutch origin – hitched a ride on Sunday afternoon in Whataroa, about 30km north of Franz Josef, from a man driving a blue Terrano.

They were later found injured by the side of the road near Franz Josef, one with stab wounds to the neck and the other with a broken pelvis. They remain in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.

9 thoughts on “Names Of Attacked Tourists Released, Name of Attacker Suppressed.

  1. instead of czech girls, wouldn’t someone please go shut battleneter-the-fake-kiwi up? ha ha

  2. Did anyone see the riveting, highly-critical follow-up news story on One? They reported that these tourists have apparently not lost their faith in how peaceful and wonderful NZ is and NZers are. I wish I could visit the same country these folks are talking about.

    After seeing the all-out drunken brawls happening on the streets of Auckland and Christchurch, I felt nervous upon my arrival. And then I was randomly assaulted within two months, and waited EIGHTEEN HOURS for the police to come and help me, I got beaten up and bloodied, the police showed up 18 hours later, and the person who did it? $500 fine. Guess how much of that I got in the end? None. I wasn’t even allowed to attend the attacker’s hearing.

    The thing is, the crime statistics look good here because crimes are rarely ever prosecuted and/or they simply aren’t considered serious enough to warrant being a part of the official statistics. You’d have to beat someone within an inch of their life here for it be considered statistically significant. If you just beat them up, $500 fine, and no one will ever need to know about it.

    • From outside of New Zealand these “we still love NZ” stories from battered tourists cut no ice. There have been far too many of them, New Zealand has become the Miami of the Antipodes. Any good news messages (allegedly) coming out of the victims are largely there to make the locals feel safer about the places they have to live in. Most seasoned travellers know that NZ is no safer than any other remote destination.

      Sorry about your experiences when you arrived. New Zealand is a violent brutal place, massaging statistics to make people feel better is considered to be more important than facing the problems they have to deal with.

      • Well, when you have only three industries (tourism, agriculture, “education”), you have to do a mind-boggling amount of spindoctoring to protect those industries. That means that the official narrative coming from all areas of NZ society has to be that NZ is incredibly safe, beautiful, peaceful, bucolic, highly-educated, intellectual, affordable, socially progressive, just … and has the world’s absolute best food. If any single ONE of those adjectives becomes more nuanced in any way, the entire economy will collapse. That means that not only does the propaganda need to be directed towards tourists and students, it also needs to be relentlessly pounded into the collective consciousness of New Zealanders.

        Being on the inside of NZ higher education has been eye-opening. If you’d like to e-mail me, I’d like to share an exposé I’ve been working on about what the universities here look like on the inside.

        • That sounds very interesting, however we don’t communicate by email. Try Twitter or Facebook. In your message refer to yourself by the email address you left when you made this comment – that way we’ll know it’s you.

  3. More of their hate-the-victim culture. Expose the victim for everyone to read about and take apart, while protecting probable abusers and perpetrators so they can go on to offend again. New Zealand’s got it all wrong. What is wrong with this place.

  4. E2NZ, is there any way to get his name? I will happily publish it online and then you can document how the New Zealand (in)justice system will start targeting those breaching suppression orders rather than the criminals.

    • It would be relatively easy to get his name. New Zealand is a small place and you can be sure the local communities know exactly who he is. Facebook could be a good place to start for someone living outside the country.

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