Turangi a dangerous place for children

Remember this?

A 16-year-old Turangi boy has pleaded guilty in Taupo Youth Court this morning to the violent sexually motivated attack on a five-year-old girl at a holiday park before Christmas.

The youth, whose name is supressed, pleaded guilty before the judge to three separate charges; sexual violation by rape, burglary, and causing grievous bodily harm

Well, you can now add this  

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a baby in Turangi.

Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw said the 40-year-old Turangi man was the 9-month-old girl’s father.

The death occurred in Turangi on March 12, 2016.

“Taupo police have completed extensive investigations into the death including consulting with medical specialists on the cause of death.’

That’s murder.  Not manslaughter.

And earlier in the day

Police say it is “sheer luck” that no one was killed after a 13-year-old Turangi boy was shot in the shoulder by his 11-year-old cousin at a property near Turangi in the early hours on Saturday.

The teenager was rushed to Waikato Hospital with moderate injuries and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Detective Roger Whale said initial inquiries indicated the boy was shot at a rural address at Korohe, north of Turangi, where family members were present.

The injured boy was taken back to a Turangi address where the alarm was raised. Whale said it appeared the children gained access to a loaded .22 calibre rifle and it was “sheer luck” that no one was killed.

Turangi.  Not a place for children.


– NZ Herald, Stuff

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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