Community rallying around ‘friendly, well-liked’ man after street attack

Rob Ludlow with his wife, Elysha, and children.


Rob Ludlow with his wife, Elysha, and children.

A man is still in a serious condition after being bashed in the head in Whangārei.

“Friendly” and “well-liked” Rob Ludlow was allegedly attacked on Water St on February 26, about 2.45am.

He was flown to Auckland City Hospital to go through an emergency surgery for a life-threatening head injury.

A Givealittle page set up by one of his family members on March 4 helped them raise about $54,000 in nine days.

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Ludlow’s employer Cameron Harley, the managing director of Guyco Construction, said the community was contributing in many ways.

“They are contributing financially to help with the costs. There is a complete stranger [in Auckland] who has offered accommodation [to the family] so that family stays closer to Rob while he is in hospital,” he said.

“His workmates [in Whangārei] are getting around and doing chores and jobs at his home … so that the family doesn’t have to worry about it when they come back.”

Ludlow, a construction manager, was “very social, friendly and outgoing”, he said.


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“He is well-respected as a project manager. His industry knowledge is very good, and he has always been very approachable.

“He is very well-liked [in the community].”

Ludlow has a 2-year-old son and 1-month-old daughter with wife Elysha.

The police investigation into the case is ongoing.

A boy was referred to Youth Aid by the police on March 1.

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