Another woman has been seriously assaulted in New Zealand. This time on the small island of Rangiwaea in Tauranga Harbour last Sunday. The 38 year old local woman sustained serious shoulder injuries in the assault and had to be airlifted to hospital.
Police said her injuries were not life-threatening. They had not yet made an arrest, and were still working to identify the alleged offender, police northern communications Inspector Peter Raynes said.
Rangiwaea Island has just a small number of residents: the 2013 census put the combined population of Rangiwaea and neighbouring Matakana Island at 255.
The assault occurred three days before a 50 year old woman died after she escaped an attempted abduction in Auckland. Jindarat Prutsiriporn, who was bound and gagged, managed to escape from the boot of a moving car on Huia Road at around 7 pm on 2 March but died later in hospital from her injuries. Police are currently conducting a murder investigation and have yet to make any arrests.