News

Queensland man fighting for life after NZ stabbing

The Waihi Beach property at which a man was stabbed and critically injured.
The Waihi Beach property at which a man was stabbed and critically injured. NZ Herald / George Novak

POLICE investigating the stabbing of a Queensland man at Waihi Beach in New Zealand are stopping motorists leaving the holiday hot spot as they urge the attacker to give himself up.

Eastern Waikato Area Commander, Inspector Dana McDonald said police had still not identified any persons of interest as they try to piece together the random stabbing of a 64-year-old man at a Waihi Beach property.

The expatriate New Zealander has critical injuries and is in intensive care at Waikato Hospital, supported by his wife and family who have come over from their homes in Queensland.

Inspector McDonald said police, who had questioned dozens of motorists leaving the Bay of Plenty township, were "receiving quite good information".

He appealed to the attacker to give himself up.

"We are also appealing to the offender and his associates..at this stage we have a man who is quite critically injured and we want him or his associates to come forward and help us out."

Mr McDonald said having the local population swell as New Year's Eve revellers came to the beachside town had been helpful but also problematic.

"There was a lot of people around at 1 in the morning, and parties were finishing and people were trying to get home after people had celebrations, so there would have been a fair bit of noise," he said.

"We're just trying to encourage people who were around to come forward."

The weapon used in the attack, which is believed to be a knife, has not been found.

A scene examination that started on Tuesday afternoon continued into the night and resumed Wednesday assisted by ESR forensic staff.

Officers went door-to-door speaking to people staying in the area who may have seen or heard something during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"It is this phase which is really crucial for us in piecing together events," Mr McDonald said.

Mr McDonald said when the attack occurred, officers were moving on large numbers of mostly young people from the area around the surf club, the motor camp, Beach Rd and Ocean View Rd.

He said someone may have noticed "something or someone suspicious"and it was critical that people leaving the area, who may have seen something or who may have knowledge of what happened, should contact police.

Waihi Beach's normal population is about 3000 but swelled to 16,000 over the festive period.

"We have set up a mobile police station at the scene of yesterday's attack, on the corner of Beach and Ocean View Rds where people can make contact with the enquiry team, or they can phone 07 858 6200 and leave their contact details and a member of the enquiry team will contact them.

"This is a tragedy for the man's family and in fact the wider Waihi Beach community, and it's important that anyone with any information makes contact with the enquiry team either directly or through Crimestoppers," Mr McDonald said.

Topics:  new zealand, police, stabbing



OPINION: God Save America from Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Abingdon, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How can America ever vote for Donald Trump as president?

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Contactor forced to pay back $16,000, apologise to backpackers

Sellout crowd at circus casts doubt over ban

Lennon's Circus lion tamer Mohammed Jratlou with lions Kiara and Kovu.

It was full house for the Saturday afternoon performance

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.