The children of a Dunedin man killed by one punch are
pleased his death is helping to prevent similar acts of
Steve Radnoty (51) died after being punched in Dunedin's
George St McDonald's restaurant in 2011.
His death prompted a police campaign aimed at highlighting
the potential consequences of a single punch, and this week
Dunedin officers and others involved have launched an
expanded ''Just One Punch'' campaign to coincide with student
Mr Radnoty's daughter Kristin Speak yesterday told the
Otago Daily Times how pleased she was something good
had come from the incident.
''Me and my siblings are really happy something is eventually
happening with this. It's what my mum wanted and it's what
Dad would have wanted,'' she said.
Miss Speak (24) said too many people had been killed or
injured by single punches, and ''if we can stop one person
from doing this, then it's worth it''.
Constable Shelley Phair, who spearheaded the campaign,
reiterated that sentiment.
''If the campaign can have an impact on just one person, and
cause one person to rethink their actions, then the time and
money was all worth it,'' she said.
The Accident Compensation Corporation helped fund the
campaign, which was supported by the Otago Polytechnic, the
University of Otago and its students association, the Dunedin
City Council, the Highlanders, TVNZ, Newsplash Studio, Otago
Corrections and the Southern District Health Board.
Campaign advocates Brad Thorn and Monty Betham would help
raise its profile among the target audience of young men aged
between 16 and 18 years, Const Phair, of Dunedin, said.
''Brad Thorn's message is a really strong one - that if you
find yourself in that sort of situation you're a bigger
person for walking away,'' she said.
Actions promoted included using humour to defuse situations
and getting friends to help.
Const Phair said Dunedin had several ''high-profile''
incidents where a person had been killed by a single punch.
The campaign aimed to highlight the alcohol link with
assault, plus educate people to make better choices.
''Our goal is to strengthen young people's ability to make
positive choices and decisions when dealing with these
"If you choose the right path, you get home safe. If you
choose the alternative, the consequences demonstrate how
quickly a senseless act of violence can change your life,''
Const Phair said.
Campaign material was being distributed among Dunedin high
schools and tertiary institutions.
ACC community injury prevention consultant Andy Redfearn said
claim statistics showed alcohol had a major impact on
violence, and it was often the consequences which were
• Trainee teacher Tarun Asthana (25) died in November last
year, three days after being punched outside McDonald's in
central Auckland. Naval rating Grenville McFarland (27) was
charged with his manslaughter and appears in court today.
• Karan Pant (25), was seriously injured this month by a
single punch inside Cassette Nine nightclub in Auckland's
Vulcan Lane. Napier man Mathew Paul Papa (22) has been
charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
• Dunedin man Steve Radnoty (51) died in March 2011, a few
hours after being punched inside McDonald's on George St in
Dunedin. Christchurch man Matthew Bryce Larson (aged 23 at
the time) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to
three years in jail. He was released on parole in July last
year, aged 25.