Two girls have handed themselves into police investigating
the stabbing of a Hutt Valley taxi driver.
The Hutt and City Taxis driver was stabbed in the head with a
sharp object after he refused to give a free ride to two
girls he picked up on Queen St in Upper Hutt about 3am
The driver fled from his taxi before returning to drive
himself to hospital. He was discharged yesterday morning and
is recovering at home today.
A Wellington police spokesman said two girls, aged 15 and 16,
handed themselves into the Upper Hutt police station at 2pm
"They are currently being interviewed by police and will be
referred to Youth Aid for a family group conference."
The spokesman said he could not release any further details
about the girls, or a still from the taxi camera footage,
citing the girls' age.
He earlier said police were analysing footage of the attack
from the taxi camera. CCTV footage from other sources was
also being reviewed.
Hutt and City Taxis general manager Roger Heale said the
driver was taking a few days off to recover.
"He's putting on brave face but at the end of the day, having
seen the footage, [the driver has had] a bit of a delayed
reaction I think. So when he's comfortable, he'll go back on
when he's ready."
Mr Heale yesterday said the attack came "out of nowhere" and
could easily have been a lot worse.
"Very fortunately, the wounds were superficial but having
seen the footage, we think that our driver got away very
Meanwhile, the Government today announced a planned review of
taxi driver safety was underway.
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse said the the
review would assess how effective taxi cameras and monitored
two-way taxi despatch systems had been at improving safety
for taxi drivers.
The safety provisions were made compulsory in 2011 and the
Government committed to reviewing their impact this year.
Mr Woodhouse said the changes were made in response to "a
disturbing spate of violent" that included fatal attacks on
"Since then, informal evidence indicates drivers feel safer,
passengers are less likely to run without paying, and
assaults have decreased overall.
"Camera footage has also helped police identify and apprehend
several violent passengers around New Zealand."
The review would seek the views of taxi operators and
approved taxi organisations, as well as police and Government
It was expected to be completed by mid-December with its
findings to be considered early next year.