Pensioner bashed in late night attack

By Ripeka Timutimu

A 70-year-old man has been bashed in a late night attack at his home in Horowhenua.

Staunch environmentalist John Andrews says he may have been a target as he had highlighted pollution issues from the Shannon Sewage Treatment Plant into the Otāuru River.

Battered and bruised, Corny Andrews is still recovering from an assault right on his doorstep.

“I saw two men in the glooms and said what’s going on? What are you up to? I thought they might be trying to tahae my van, and then I heard someone behind me and then boom and I ended up down there,” says victim, Mr Andrews.

Andrews says the attack lasted several minutes, but he stayed quiet knowing his wife, Nanny Sharky, was inside alone, “I was a bit dazed, and next minute I got a kick in the mouth, and I knew exactly then what was going on and I curled up in a ball, and I got a couple of kicks to the head and over here.”

The environmentalist had been at the Mangaore Stream earlier in the day recording this footage he says shows toilet paper in the water from the Shannon Waste Water Treatment plant.

“We had had an altercation with the Regional Council earlier in the day out there and I don't know if theres any connection and I would only be speculating if there was, but this fight has been going on for years,” says Andrews.

In a statement to Te Kāea, the Horowhenua District Council says Mr Andrews was known to the council and they dispute the video, claiming it's a distortion of facts.

Nanny Sharky says they've been fighting the council on the issue for years, “The general public look towards Māorito do things, Māori are trying to find out who is protecting our rights.”

Andrews went on to say, “I been fighting most of my life, I'm fighting for my Moko, my kids, there's no way I would give up, in fact it just hardens my resolve to fight harder.”

Corny says he has filed the assault incident with the police, and is hoping trouble won't find its way back to his home.