Body Found in a Rotorua Hot Mud Pool

  New Zealand police say they have recovered the body of a man from a hot pool at Kuirau Park, opposite Rotorua hospital on Ranolf Street. The body was spotted by a tourist who notified the police yesterday afternoon. Our regular readers may recall that Kuirau Park is an open stretch of municipal parkland containing geothermal mud pools surrounded…

German Tourist Seriously Injured in Napier Mugging, French Tourists Pistol Whipped, Sex Attack by Motelier Results in Community Service

We are saddened to hear that a German tourist suffered a serious injury during an attack outside The Napier Waterfront Lodge and Backpackers last Saturday night. This and other attacks are reminders that New Zealand continues to be an unsafe destination for some tourists. “A teenage German tourist has been taken to hospital after a…

NZ Not A Walk In The Park – updated

Update: 21 year old Rotorua baker Rawiri James Samuel and an un-named 20 year old male have been charged with murder and Two youths aged 14 and 15  were later charged with assault in connection with the death in Kuirau Park. Police have retrieved property belong to the deceased man, Roman Henry Skorek, and have searched…

Australians Latest Victims Of Tourist Crime In New Zealand

Following on from our post Tourists Continue To Be Targets For Criminals In New Zealand on 2 December, we’re appalled to hear the news that more tourists have been targetted by New Zealand’s bogan criminals. New Zealand has one of the OECD’s most rapidly widening gaps between rich and poor, unfortuantely crime against tourists is just one manifestation…

Ash Cloud Grounds Flights To New Zealand

22 trans Tasman flights have been grounded after volcanic ash from Chile’s Puyehue volcano reached New Zealand. The ash falls come months before the start of the rugby world cup, which will be hosted in New Zealand this September. The Australian reported on the cancellations, saying QANTAS has cancelled 22 flights to and from New…