Senior Sergeant Jono Chappell spoke with media today about the Pakuranga crash.
Over the last two years, there have been 36 assaults against AT drivers - a figure the transport service admits is too high.
Judge Nevin Dawson granted continued interim name suppression for the 18-year-old at the North Shore District Court this morning.
The Puketapapa Community Driving School is fundraising to buy another practice car, driving simulator and to help fund lessons for those facing the biggest barriers to getting their licence.
Tha Dah Paw was at the rugged Auckland beach and saw the awful incident unfold.
Lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg, argued that the case is in its early days, and asked that the man's name suppression remains until a hearing.
An intoxicated Auckland man was taken into custody after crashing his car into a home in Otahuhu in June last year.
The couple's three youngest children - aged 13, 9 and 7 - were reportedly with their parents when the accident occurred.
"Maybe this has galvanised them, hearing each other's stories and knowing they are not alone," say the nurses behind the Facebook group, New Zealand, please hear our voice.