After reading the news about Roberto Arteaga, a young Mexican lawyer who was robbed at gunpoint in Hawke’s Bay (a known gang stronghold), one could be forgiven for wondering whether he’d have been safer remaining at home. Tourist attacks and robberies are commonplace in New Zealand, each one adds further damage to the country’s crumbling reputation as a safe tourism destination.
The local media writes:
“The 30-year-old man was picked up on State Highway 2 at the Napier-Taupo Road turnoff, just north of Napier by three men in a ute.
The car was driven north towards Wairoa and stopped at Tutira for petrol.
The driver pulled the car over at the top of the Mohaka Hill near Raupunga about 2.30pm. The tourist was ordered out of the car with one of the car’s occupants pointing a pistol at him.
The car, which was carrying the hitch-hiker’s possessions, including a cellphone and a camera, then drove away…” more
Our condolences go out to the victim, one of many tourists to have fallen foul of New Zealand’s casual criminal element.
The following day police arrested three males aged 17, 19 and 22. Until their trial we’re unlikely to know which gang they were prospecting for. They are due to appear in court later this week and are charged with aggravated robbery.
Have you got any Mexico v. New Zealand stories you’d like to share with us. The two countries are often compared, usually with Mexico receiving more favourable reviews.
Other Hawke’s Bay stories you may be interested in:
Rival gang members took to the streets in central Hastings yesterday, armed with a hammer, meat cleaver and an axe during a brazen daylight brawl which landed seven men in jail.
Police received, “multiple calls,” from concerned residents who reported at least 10 men fighting on the corner of Eastbourne St and Willowpark Rd, about 1.30pm, Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt said….
Evil New Zealand gang comes to Melbourne and bikies won’t like it : Mongrel Mob, first formed in Hawkes Bay
AN infamous New Zealand street gang is recruiting in Melbourne’s outer west, causing further unrest in the tense bikie underworld.
The Mongrel Mob – whose members wear bikie-style patches but who do not ride motorcycles – has established itself in the Werribee area and is actively recruiting Maori and Pacific Islander members from the surrounding suburbs… more