Tasman attacker said fame was ‘funny’
Talamaivao for years, and he moved in with her following his return to Auckland.
Police confirmed a 47-year-old man has been charged with male assaults female and assault with intent to injure.
It’s at least the third time Talamaivao has faced court for domestic violence.
In August 2016, the scaffolder was arrested in Queensland and charged with assault and contravention of a domestic violence order. The order related to an earlier incident involving his then-partner.
His visa was also revoked, but his passport was not confiscated, meaning he was able to flee Australia before facing court.
New Zealand police said they were yet to receive any request for assistance from Queensland, where extradition proceedings were being considered.
The man who was attacked along with his sister on Good Friday said Talamaivao boasted he was famous following media coverage of the Queensland attack.
‘‘He almost thought it was funny,’’ the man said
When contacted in March, Talamaivao insisted he was innocent of the Queensland assault.
‘‘I wasn’t given the chance to prove my case, but it is what it is,’’ he said in a text message.
Talamaivao acknowledged that he was arrested on Good Friday but did not want to elaborate on the incident when contacted.
He is set to appear at the Manukau District Court on May 16.
Peato Talamaivao is alleged to have assaulted people in Australia and, above, New Zealand.