Just don’t go to the South Island (squeal like a piggy boy)
Attack sparks tourist warning
With another tourist recovering from an seemingly unprovoked attack, tourism leaders are urging operators not to be afraid of warning people of the risks of travelling in New Zealand. Irishman Robbie O'Brien, 31, was attacked by a group of men after a night out in Westport. He suffered cuts to his face and needed hospital treatment. O'Brien said he had been staying in Westport as part of a three-week trip to New Zealand and had been drinking with locals he had met. He was attacked by a man as he walked back to his accommodation with the group, some of whom tried to go to his aid. He had seen his attacker earlier that night but had not spoken to him and saw no reason for the attack. Senior Sergeant Geoff Scott, of the Westport police, said the attack appeared to be unprovoked and happened only because O'Brien spoke with an accent. Jarrod Akapita Whata, a 20-year-old Westport timber worker, appeared in the Westport District Court yesterday charged with injuring with intent. Others are likely to face charges. The incident comes a week after an attack on a group of English and Danish tourists in central Christchurch, also allegedly sparked by their accents.
Look, as any Aucklander will tell you when traveling in the South Island, don’t. This is banjo land, this is deliverance, dem people don’t likes dem outsiders, my guess is that these Southerners who attacked these tourists thought they were from Wellington, that’s far too poofy north for mainlanders, they would have killed them if they thought they were Aucklanders, but would have just been confused by the concept of ‘overseas travelers’ as it goes outside the South Island being carried on the back of 4 elephants standing on a giant turtle model that most Southerners prescribe to.
From Public Address' Christchurch correspondent:
In a well-known Christchurch watering-hole, I was recently served a pint of beer with ice-cubes.
The teenage barmaid, who either did not know or, perhaps, did not care that I may have an inherited heart condition, explained her actions with the following words: "We always put ice-cubes in drinks unless people ask for 'no ice'".