Drinking a cup of coffee is a simple pleasure Niu Hopokingi doesn’t take for granted.
The Green Bay resident has just regained his sense of taste, almost seven years after a brutal beating which robbed him of his taste, smell and vision.
The 46-year-old was bashed to within an inch of his life outside Te Atatu’s Cosmos Dart Club in May 2002.
He remembers walking to his car after winning a game of darts – then everything went blank.
Mr Hopokingi woke up in the critical care unit of Auckland Hospital seven days later.
"I was in a coma for a week," he says. (full article...)