Police appeal after woman grabbed on Rosebank Road in Avondale

'Oku 'i lalo ha vitiō mo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

New Zealand – Police are appealing to the public for information involving an incident that occurred on Rosebank Road in Avondale on 11 September, where a man attempted to grab a woman from behind.
The victim was walking towards Riversdale Road between 8pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 September, when she was followed by a man driving a black sedan, possibly similar to a Holden.


The man yelled out to her, then parked his vehicle on Riversdale Road and as the woman walked past he got out of his car and grabbed her from behind. The victim managed to run away and hide until the man left the scene.

The man is described as being possibly Maori or Pacific Island, in his 30s and around 175cm tall.

“This was a particularly frightening experience for the victim and we are very keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen other suspicious behaviour in the area.

“If you have seen a vehicle or person matching this description behaving suspiciously, please call us immediately, even the smallest piece of information may prove valuable to help ensure this man is held to account for his actions,” said Detective Elizabeth Willis.

If you have any information that could help our investigation, please contact Detective Willis from Avondale Police on (09) 820 5776.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


  1. Vakai ki he vitiō ‘i ‘olunga’ pe te ke fakatokanga’i ‘a e kā ‘oku siakale’i kulokula’.

    ‘Oku kole kau polisi ki ha fakamatala mei he kakai ‘o Nu’u Sila’ tautefito ki ‘Avondale na’a mau ai e tangata ne ne ‘ohofi mei mui ha fefine ‘i he ‘aho 11 ‘o Sepitema ‘i he hala Rosebank.

    Fakafuofua ‘eni ki he 8ef – 9.30ef.

    Na’e muimui’i ‘a e fefine’ ni ‘e ha kā siteni lanu ‘uli’uli.

    Ne lava pe fefine’ ni ‘o hao mei he feinga puke ne fai’.