Shots fired at surfers off the coast of Taharoa



Secluded Albatross Point, near Kawhia on the west coast of Waikato, where surfers were shot in the water.

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Secluded Albatross Point, near Kawhia on the west coast of Waikato, where surfers were shot in the water.

A bullet hit the water near a 14-year-old surfer on a west coast break of which some surfers say they are on invitation only.

The police believe that the one who fired three shots from the coast south of Kawhia made an exception for three surfers who "use their waters".

The police are now investigating the incident that took place off the coast of Taharoa, at the entrance to the port of Kawhia last Thursday.

It is said that surfers were shot during the departure of the coast of Taharoa (file photo).

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It is said that surfers were shot during the departure of the coast of Taharoa (file photo).

The surfers, who traveled with jetski & # 39; s to the typically isolated spot south of Albatross Point, told the police that they were on the water 3 to 4 meters from the point where the 14-year-old was surfing.

He was the son of one of the two men.

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The trio surfed to Te Māika Point on Thursday 16 August, also known as Albatross Point, near Taharoa.

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The trio surfed to Te Māika Point on Thursday 16 August, also known as Albatross Point, near Taharoa.

Ōtorohanga police Sergeant Andy Connors, who spoke with the surfer involved, called the incident alarming.

"It is extremely dangerous and if you put yourself in the shoes of the 14-year-old boy, extremely frightening."

The Te Awamutu-based man and his surf buddy of 25 years had visited the point before, attracted by his seclusion.

After jet skiing until the break, the two men and the teen surfed mid-morning on the 16th of August while the shots sounded.

Connors said the men heard three shots.

At first they thought that someone had shot at a goat or a pig in the coastal bush.

"The second sounded much closer and the third landed in the water next to where they were," Connors said.

& # 39; You fear the worst and petrify what will happen in the next few minutes. & # 39;

Then the surfers saw two people on the couch, who began to shout abuse against them.

Terribly, the trio immediately returned to the Kawhia boat ramp, where they warned the police.

They could not really describe the abusive couple except that they were pretty sure that they were both a man.

"Locals might be able to help us identify who was hunting in that area at the time," Connors said.

The police commander of Kawhia, John Maoate, believes that the local population has made an exception to "strangers" with "their" water, he said in a message on the police page of Waikato.

Internationally competitive surfer and Raglan-local Daniel Kereopa is familiar with the break because he was invited to surf by relatives living in the area of ​​Taharoa.

"Since I knew the place and the people who took care of it, it is usually on invitation."

The only access is by obtaining permission from a landowner to reach the beach or travel over the water, he said.

"It is one of those places that is still New Zealand – not hit by tourists, not promoted, people live there because they were born for that country and unfortunately it has attracted some attention by what happened there."

It was not his place to say who should or should not surf there, he said.

"We all have rights to parts of our coastline – there are people who really care for their country and keep it as it is."

Unlike Raglan, which Kereopa said was now overcrowded, the coast of Taharoa is untouched.

"It is a place that is so unique that you do not have to bother anyone for the waves."

Despite the fact that she did not know whether the shots had been deliberately fired, Kereopa said it must have been frightening for the three.

"So damn terrifying, I have a lot of regret and aroha for them, nobody wants a 14-year-old child to be traumatized by this.

"If people ask you to surf there, and they're from there, that's what it is, and if you're not asked, you should not think you deserve to go there."

Earlier this year, a traveling surfer was left with a leak injury at his side after a crash in the waves at Manu Bay.

Since then, surfers have entered an unwritten branding code, Kereopa said.

"Some places need to be kept secret and isolated."

Anyone with information about the incident in Taharoa is asked to call the police of Kawhia on 07 871 0827.

Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Stuff


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