Police say they have spoken with persons of interest but are
yet to make any arrests after footage of a drunk young
Hamilton boy at a skatepark was posted on the internet.
And the man who posted the video says he won't return to the
park because he fears retribution for his actions.
Waikato police communications manager Andrew McAlley said a
number of people were spoken to yesterday in relation to an
incident at Fairfield Park on Tuesday.
The boy, who drank eight cans of 7 per cent Codys RTD and two
shots, claimed he got the alcohol from an "aunty" although
inquiries showed the woman was not related to him.
A man in his 20s also seen drinking at the skatepark on the
video tells the person filming the incident that everything
was fine "because we're Maori bro".
Mr McAlley said it was too early for police to discuss what,
if any, charges may eventuate but he said the Sale and Supply
of Alcohol Act 2012 was playing a significant part in their
The man who posted the video, Bradley Goudie, said police
contacted Google to have the footage removed. It was taken
off the site yesterday. He said about 480,000 people had seen
the footage before it was removed yesterday afternoon. The
video has also appeared on news websites in Australia and the
UK and the footage was copied by an American website.
Mr Goudie thought police had focused more on removing his
video than dealing with the issue although police told the
Herald they were at the scene within 10 minutes of receiving
"This is frustrating for me because this video is the reason
the police did anything about the matter, if this hadn't have
gone up nothing would have been done about it," he said.
The boy's father, whom the Herald has agreed not to name, was
saddened the video had gone viral. He said he was still
trying to find out who provided his son the alcohol.
"The one I feel sorry for in all of this is my son; it's a
breach of his privacy really," he said.
He knew the man on the video who claimed to be his son's
Mr Goudie said he had received supportive feedback for
posting the footage but said he wouldn't go back to the
skatepark. "If I show my face in that place again I could
possibly be beaten up or god only knows what but I stand by
my decision and I think I did the right thing."
Hamilton-based Labour MP Sue Moroney and Hauraki-Waikato MP
Nanaia Mahuta said they were meeting police to ensure the
adult who supplied alcohol to the boy was held accountable.
"There is something very wrong about any adult thinking that
it's fun, entertaining or appropriate to get a child drunk,"
said Ms Moroney.
The boy and his mother were believed to have returned to a
tangi yesterday. They had been at a tangi before he went to
His mother has said he is grounded indefinitely. CYF is
looking into the case but a spokeswoman told the Herald there
was no urgent investigation. The organisation was instead
offering help to police and the family.
Police have previously said the boy comes from a stable home.
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- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald