Another new female witness steps forward in Tamihere case today


A woman has today reported being attacked in the Coromandel bush around the time when Swedish tourists Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakonen disappeared, but she’s told Investigate magazine her attacker was definitely not David Tamihere.

The new revelation is further evidence that another Maori male may have been stalking women in the Coromandel bush.

A news story published by Investigate has stirred up old emotions for the woman from an attempted abduction in the bush between Paeroa and Waihi in the late 1980s.

“I was attacked by a Maori man posing as a Forestry Ranger in the Waitawheta valley between Paeroa and Waihi in Jan 1987 ( I think that was the year) Waihi police should have the records. I was about 32 at the time,” the woman, who we are identifying only as ‘Ann’, told

“He told me he had just come out of jail, and he was lonely. He tried to drag me from the hut clearing into the bush and I fought him. He then ran off. I was very shaken and reported it to the police. I felt that they should have tried to find him, as he had stolen the uniform, pack and supplies from a forestry depot and was still in the bush. Other people would be at risk. However, as apart from a few bruises I wasn’t injured, they didn’t seem very interested. Some follow up was done later.

I wonder if this guy could have had anything to do with the David Tamihere case. I wouldn’t be able to identify him now. It wasn’t David Tamihere,” Ann told

Ann’s testimony backs up our earlier investigation published online for the first time this morning, that proved Heidi Paakonen was still alive after David Tamihere was already in police custody – meaning the convicted killer could not have killed the Swedish tourist.

While Metro magazine has an interview with Tamihere this week, it does not cover the new evidence.

FURTHER INFORMATION: read the file given to Police on Heidi Paakkonen being seen alive