Man assaulted after condemning racist abuse

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Wanaka Police are appealing for sightings of black Mazda ute after an assault at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon.

Detective Alan Lee says the assault happened at around 3:30pm.

"Three men assaulted an Australian tourist when he intervened in what appeared to be a racially targeted verbal altercation," says Detective Lee.

“He was checked by medical professionals following the attack and was thankfully not seriously injured.

"The man who was being racially abused has not been identified, he is believed to be of Indian descent.

"Police would like to hear from this man or anyone who was at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon and witnessed the incident, as well as anyone who saw a black Mazda ute with the registration plate ABA406 in the Wanaka area on Saturday.

“The ute had a quad bike on the back at the time.”

Anyone with information that might help, or anyone who has pictures or videos of the incident, is being urged to contact Wanaka Police on: (03) 443 7272 or email:

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