Finally found a Green who catches a bus, but uses an SUV to chase crooks

The green taliban love to tell us all how to live, especially over our choices for transport. Gareth Hughes is the classic, finger-wagging and telling us all off while booking one of the largest carbon foot-prints in the known universe.

In the Herald yesterday though we hear of a green taliban member who was actually catching a bus…like the other people…shortly before using a fuel guzzling SUV to chase bad guys.

Auckland-based Green MP Julie-Anne Genter is trying to find a woman who rescued her luggage last night after a driveby theft from a bus stop.

Ms Genter made a quick dash to her Mt Eden apartment next to the bus stop to grab her cellphone, which she’d left charging upstairs.

She left her luggage unattended, a move she says was a bit foolish, and came back to find her bags gone.

“I suppose I felt secure. It was a sunny, still evening. Mt Eden Road was quiet and warm after a long Anniversary Day. I was only running upstairs for two minutes, and my flat is just above the stop,” she said.

In a panic, Ms Genter asked a man at a bus stop across the road if he’d seen anything.

He pointed to an old red hatchback pulling out down Lovelock Avenue, a side street off Mount Eden Road. 

Ms Genter sprinted after the car but couldn’t keep up.

“The car squealed as they sped up down the hill and around the sharp right turn.

I was trying to make out the licence numbers, but it was hopeless as they disappeared from view”.

She said a woman with three children in an SUV stopped when she saw Ms Genter running.

Ms Genter asked her for help.

“She said ‘yes I can drive and have a look, but it may be too late, I doubt we can do anything,’ I watched as she drove off.”

Nearly in tears, Ms Genter wasn’t hopeful the police would be any use because she hadn’t seen the registration plates or the make of the car.

“Before I could begin to cut my losses, and come to terms with the fact that I had lost the bags and everything in them, the woman in the SUV pulled up.”

“The woman smiled broadly and said,’it’s okay, we’ve got them,”‘ said Ms Genter.

“She was very mild-mannered and calm.”

Lucky the woman in the red car hadn’t listened to the green taliban otherwise the chase would have been forlorn…an SUV no less…awesome

One thing is for certain though, we now know not to trust Julie-Anne Genter with sensitive documents about government. She’ll leave them lying around.

Honestly, did she think publicity about how she carelessly left a bag full of property lying around for someone to swipe would be helpful to her?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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