'I thought I was dying': Victim in Auckland quarry abduction case recalls panicked wait for police to find her

A 23-year-old woman abducted and assaulted at a quarry northwest of Auckland last year has tearfully recounted her ordeal to the High Court this morning.

The woman was picked up and driven to Riverhead quarry last February, where she was bashed over the head and knocked out. After coming round, she described her desperate call to police once her attacker had gone.

"I just kept saying I'm bleeding...my whole body was covered in blood I thought I was dying so I was saying this on the phone," she said.

Police are seeking a man and this vehicle over the shocking attack, which took place in Riverhead on Sunday morning. Source: Supplied

"I was in shock that they couldn't find me cause I guess on the movies it seems like you call in and you're found."

She eventually made her way to the road where police were able to track her down.

A 59 year old Auckland truck driver is facing 3 charges including kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

The accused, Colin Jack Mitchell is a former branch president of the RSA.

Colin Mitchell was described as a prowler as the Crown laid out its case against him. Source: 1 NEWS


Genesis Energy, which owns Huntly coal plant, to go coal-free by 2030

Genesis Energy has lifted first-half earnings 28 percent as low hydro-lake levels in the South Island boosted the company's demand for wholesale electricity and announced plans to completely phase out coal use by 2030.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and fair value adjustments, the favoured measure of power companies, rose to $199.5 million in the six months ended December 31 from $155.7m a year earlier, it said on Wednesday.

Revenue climbed 26 per cent to $1.21 billion.

Net profit dropped 24 per cent to $28.4m as depreciation, depletion and amortisation costs jumped about 41 per cent to $103.5m and the fair value of financial instruments posted a loss of $19.7m, turning around a gain of $1.9m in the year-earlier period.

Genesis's wholesale division lifted earnings 29 per cent to $106.4m, the biggest contribution to the group, while Kupe contributed earnings of $55.7m, a gain of 75 per cent.

Genesis has a 46 percent stake in the Kupe Joint Venture, which owns the Kupe oil and gas field in the offshore Taranaki Basin.

"Wholesale performance was very strong for the half year with record wholesale prices for November and December and higher than average generation," chief executive Marc England said.

New Zealand's spring and summer months left hydro-lakes in the South Island at levels below average, meaning Meridian Energy and Contact Energy were more reliant on the wholesale market than their rivals with North Island hydro-storage.

According to Mr England, Genesis's diverse generation portfolio played a central role in maintaining the reliable supply of electricity when hydro lake storage is low but coal only makes up a small portion of total grid electricity generation and

"New Zealand now needs a plan to move away from a dependency on it," he said.

Chairwoman Jenny Shipley says that by 2025 Genesis has committed to not use any coal to generate electricity in normal market conditions and aims to phase it out completely by 2030.

The company had planned to wind up the coal-fired units at the Huntly power station by the end of 2018, but extended their life for another four years in 2016.

The shares rose 0.4 per cent to $2.39 and have gained 10 per cent over the past year.

Coal mining. (file image)
Coal mining. (file image) Source: Getty



Ex-Black Power killer apologises in blog, after 19 years in jail: 'There are no amount of apologies I can ever say to compensate this family for what I did'

A former gang member who ordered the killing of a witness in a Black Power assault case says the 19 years he spent in prison is nothing compared to the pain and hurt suffered by the victim's family.

Brownie Mane, who was paroled in mid-2015, has written a lengthy post on the Maori Prison Support Services Facebook page, apologising for what he has done and recounting his experiences in Paremoremo maximum security prison near Auckland.

Chris Crean, a 27-year-old father of four, was gunned down by Black Power members at his front door in New Plymouth in 1996.

Four men were convicted of the murder, including Mane who was vice-president of the New Plymouth chapter of Taranaki Black Power.

In his post, Mane wrote that the 19 years he spent in prison may seem like a long time to some.

"In my view this 19 years is nothing compared to my victims family because even though its nearly been 22 years since this crime happened I can only imagine that their pain and hurt is still very raw and that it must only feel like yesterday for them that this devastating event took place," he wrote.

"Even though I have been released and I am no longer a gang member and working in the fields that I am there are no amount of apologies I can ever say to compensate this family for what I did."

Mane continued: "I can never wipe up all the tears that have fallen by this family for their loved one so I will never be seeking forgiveness for what I've done but I will try my hardest to inform others about the devastating effects these types of crimes have on innocent victims so as to try and prevent another family from going through what this whanau is going through."

"I know I would never like this to happen to any of my children or a member of my family," he added.

"I can never change what I've done however I can change what I'm going to do with what life I have left so I'm not afraid to say that I live a pro social life now without committing any crimes.

"I am sorry for the things I've done so until I'm called back to the spiritual world I will do my best to help those who wish to be helped."

Another man jailed for Mr Crean's murder is also on parole while two others remain in prison.

Stephanie Crean.
Stephanie Crean. Source: My life journey/ Facebook

Last year, the daughter of Christopher Crean said she forgives the men who killed him.

Stephanie Crean made a statement on Facebook last July when a drama about her father's murder, Sunday Theatre Resolve, aired on TVNZ1.

Addressing the four Black Power members, she wrote: "I forgive you so that you may have peace and I too. So that our families may have peace, and so that the community may have peace also. So that the nation may have peace, because that is what is right."

Source: 1 NEWS