It's been a brutal start to 2013, with a homicide
investigation launched in Auckland just hours into the new
year, and another man fighting for his life after being
stabbed at Waihi Beach.
Another three people have been left seriously injured
following beatings in Mount Maunganui, Nelson and Kawerau.
Auckland police yesterday launched a homicide investigation
after Papatoetoe resident Nathan Albert, 27, was found dead
in Panmure's Pilkington Road shortly after 4am.
A postmortem examination concluded he died a violent death,
Detective Inspector Mark Benefield said.
Police this evening said a man known to Mr Albert had
contacted police, and he was assisting them with the
"It is too early to say what the outcome of the discussions
with this man will be," Mr Benefield said.
A 64-year-old man is in a critical condition in Waikato
Hospital's intensive care unit, supported by his wife and
family who have come over from their homes in Queensland,
after he was stabbed outside his caravan in the early hours
of yesterday morning.
The New Zealander, who lives in Australia, was stabbed twice
- in the head and neck - after he went to check a noise
outside the caravan he and his partner were staying in at
The offender fled the scene when neighbours heard a
Waihi police are asking for New Year's Eve revellers to
supply their festive photographs, in the hope police can
identify the assailant.
Police set up checkpoints at the exits of Waihi today to talk
to holidaymakers as they left the area.
"But this proved to cause too much congestion and we
apologise for any inconvenience caused," Inspector Dana
Instead, police were now appealing to people who might have
taken photographs in the area after midnight.
Police believed dozens of photos might have been taken.
"People often take snaps of New Year's Eve revellers and then
think nothing more of them. What we're after is images of
people in and around Beach, Hinemoa and Ocean View Roads, the
surf club, camping ground and Esplanade between 12.30am and
1.30am," Mr McDonald said.
The weapon used in the attack, which is believed to be a
knife, has not been found.
Waihi Beach's normal population is about 3000 but swelled to
about 16,000 over the festive period.
At another popular holiday spot on New Year's Eve, a man was
assaulted in Mount Maunganui just before the midnight
Police have not been able to find the victim, who was last
seen staggering through crowds on Marine Parade about
He was heavily bleeding and might have lost a couple of teeth
after another man stomped in his head numerous times,
Detective Kevin Shields said.
The alleged offender ran across the road as police
approached, but was soon found and arrested.
In Nelson, a 62-year old woman was bashed and sexually
assaulted yesterday as she worked alone in a community
garden. Police are hunting the "cowardly" attacker and urged
locals in the Victory area of Nelson to take safety
precautions until he was in custody.
The woman was working alone in a shade house at the Victory
community gardens about 2.30pm when the "vicious" attack took
place by a man believed to be aged in his 20s.
She remained in hospital with substantial head and facial
injuries, along with other lacerations and bruising to her
body. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
On Saturday, a 71-year-old woman was brutally bashed in her
She suffered a broken left cheek and a suspected broken nose
after being bashed by an intruder about 1am.
She was at home and opened the door expecting to see a family
member arriving late from overseas.
However, it was instead a man who demanded cash.
He attacked the woman, leaving her covered in blood on the
floor of her home, before stealing her car.
Police were yet to make any arrests in the case.