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Rider flown to hospital in a critical condition

Posted by te2ataria on February 28, 2015

Motorcycle rider in a critical condition after crash

At about 3.30pm today (Saturday, 28 February 2015 ) a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle with a single rider on the Kopu Hikuai Road occurred, said police.

A male rider has been flown to hospital in a critical condition.

Two seriously injured in Christchurch head-on collision

Two people have been seriously injured in a two-car crash in Christchurch this morning, local police said.

Both victims, whose identities have not been disclosed, were taken to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition.

Malaysian tourist remains missing at sea

Malaysian tourist Kuan Loon Loh, 37, remains missing at sea after diving off the Tolaga Bay wharf in Gisborne Wednesday afternoon.

“He had lived in the UK for the past 10 years and met up with his family for their joint New Zealand holiday earlier this week,” said Gisborne police.

“The family were on the second day of their tour when the tragedy occurred.”

“We remain optimistic that we can find this man and return him to his family,” police said.
[It’s just a minor technicality that the man would be somewhat colder, when he is returned to his family.]

The Press adopts NewZeelend Blog’s phrase “Road Kill”

Less than 5 percent of all fatal crashes on New Zealand “death roads” are caused by foreign tourists.

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Emerging trend: Tourist driver stopped, punched in face

Posted by te2ataria on February 27, 2015

English tourist punched in face in Greymouth

A man flagged down a foreign motorist, believed to be an English tourist, in Greymouth this morning, “ranted” at him and then punched him in the face.

“[The attacker] got out of his car,  went up to the driver’s window, reached in, grabbed the car keys, snapped them,” police said.

“He told the overseas driver he was a crap driver, ranted and raved a bit and punched the overseas driver in the side of the head.”

The incident follows reports of people removing keys from allegedly erratically driving tourists, earlier this month.

“On Monday, a family of five from China, including a baby, was in a rental car seen repeatedly straying onto the wrong side of the road as it travelled south along State Highway 6 on the West Coast.

“A motorist, who captured footage of the dangerous driving, later confiscated the driver’s keys and reported the incident to police,” according to reports.

German tourist admits careless driving in fatal Canterbury crash

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old German tourist has admitted his careless driving caused the death of a Leeston woman in a crash near Springston on February 23.

Daniel Muller, 26, appeared before a Judge in the Christchurch District Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing the death of mother-of-two Stephanie Anne Ellis, 54.

Ms. Ellis, who had recently left her job as a teacher assistant at Hillmorton High School’s Upland Unit, had to be freed from the wreckage of her car by firefighters, but died at the scene, said the Press.

An estimated 5 percent of all fatal crashes on New Zealand “death roads” are caused by foreign tourists driving carelessly.


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French tourist killed in head-on collision swerved to avoid falling portable toilet

Posted by te2ataria on February 27, 2015

Fatal crash victim was a French tourist

The man who was killed on SH2 in Whakamarama (Bay of Plenty of deaths) yesterday (Thursday, 26 February) was Nathan Luc Alain Boucher from Reze in France, police said.

The victim swerved to avoid a portable toilet that fell from a truck into the path of his car. In doing so it appears he lost control of the vehicle veered back across the road and collided head-on with a truck and trailer unit travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the truck from which the portable toilet fell pulled over to recover the item, said a report.

Mr Boucher was 23 years old and had been staying in the Tauranga area since arriving in New Zealand in December last year.

Nathan Luc Alain Boucher, 23, from Reze, France, was killed on State Highway 2 when he crashed near Whakamarama in the Western Bay of Plenty on Thursday (26 February 2015). Photo supplied/ NZherald.

Japanese tourist critically injured in latest tourist crash

A Japanese tourist was critically injured when his rental car and a truck collided near Christchurch shortly after midday.

Police said the Japanese man’s rented Suzuki Swift collided with a truck and trailer travelling south along McLeans Island Rd.

Chinese tourists were lucky this time

A group of Chinese tourists were lucky to escape without serious injury when their rental car plunged 20m into a West Coast river, said a report.

A 4WD Honda rental car (the car was probably defective, like many of the rental cars are in New Zealand) went off a gravel road and crashed down a bank into the Whataroa River on the West Coast.

Police name young girl killed in driving incident

Police have named the young girl who was killed on Wednesday night after falling from a moving vehicle.

She was Letitia Rose Thorner, 15, who died at the scene of the incident in Dannevirke about 9pm, the Palmerston North Police said.

Miss Thorner had been at Dannevirke High School for three years and her older sister was in year 13.

Girl killed by tourist motorist remembered

Ruby Jay Marris, the five year-old killed in a crash involving a Chinese driver in Otago, has been remembered as a “beautiful little angel” in online tributes, said a report.

The Marris family, of Oamaru, were travelling north on State Highway 1 when their car collided with an ute driven by a Chinese tourist near Moeraki on Saturday.

Her parents and two sisters were taken to Dunedin hospital but Ruby died at the scene, police said.

Police name victims of double homicide in Whangarei

Police have released the names of the two people who were killed following an incident at a Dundas Road address in Whangarei in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The two people were Brenda Nicola Gestro, 32, and Kim Douglas Larkins, 52. They both lived in Whangarei.

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Young man killed in head-on collision

Posted by te2ataria on February 26, 2015

Fatal Crash State Highway 2 Whakamarama

A young man, aged in his early 20’s, possibly a tourist, was killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 2, Whakamarama, Western Bay of Plenty (of deaths), according to local reports.

The crash involved a car swerving onto the wrong side of the road to avoid an object that had fallen from a truck in front of him, police said.

The collision caused the Truck and Trailer to roll onto its side and into a ditch. The Truck driver driver was not injured.

Malaysian tourist swept out to sea

A  38-year-old Malaysian tourist was swept out to sea yesterday afternoon while swimming with a group.

Police said they have called in the Navy to assist in the search for the man who went missing at Tolaga Bay, said a report.

Double Homicide Investigation

Whangärei Police have launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of two bodies at a house in the suburb of Riverside.

Child’s sudden death investigated by Hamilton police

A 4-year-old girl, believed to be a foreigner, died suddenly in Hamilton last night.

“Neighbours said the girl lived in the house with her parents and two primary school-age brothers,” said a report.

“The family had moved into the rented property about a year ago and the girl was often seen playing on the street with neighbouring children.”

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American family crash claims fourth victim

Posted by te2ataria on February 24, 2015

All four members of visiting Chinese American family now dead

A fourth person has now died following a crash on SH1 near Tokoroa on Tuesday, 17 February.

Chinese American tourist Griffin Lee , aged 17, was the front seat passenger in a car that collided with a truck. He has been in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital since the crash and died earlier today (24 February 2015), police said.

His parents, 53-year-old Warren Lee and 52-year-old Aesoon Lee, and his 20-year-old sister Julia Lee were killed in the crash last week.

Victim of fatal crash near Templeton was a Taiwanese tourist

The victim of a fatal two-vehicle crash at the junction of Jones Rd and Dawsons Rd in Templeton on 18 February as  Fu-Hwa Ju from Taiwan.  Mr Ju was a rear-seat passenger and had been wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.  He was on holiday with some of his family, said Canterbury Police.

Victim of fatal crash near Greta Valley was a Chinese tourist

The victim of a fatal two-vehicle crash near the Omihi railway crossing south of Greta Valley on 18 February 2015 was Ying-Hua Zhou, a 29-year-old tourist from China, said Canterbury Police.

Mr Zhou was the driver and sole occupant of a rented car which collided with a stock truck heading in the opposite direction.

Okahu Bay body identified

Police say they have identified the woman whose body was found at Auckland’s Okahu Bay yesterday morning.

She was a  53-year-old of Indian residing at Mt Roskill.

It’s not known whether the victim was related to the 20-year-old South Asian woman whose body was reportedly discovered near by on Tamaki Dr.


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Body of “South Asian” woman washed up on Auckland beach

Posted by te2ataria on February 23, 2015

South Asian woman found dead at Okahu Bay, Auckland

Police say body of young woman, described as South Asian and aged in her 20s, was found floating at an Auckland beach this morning (23 February 2015).

She had shoulder-length black hair and a small stud in her left nostril, and was wearing grey trousers and a light blue or grey, short-sleeved T-shirt with buttons down the front, police said.

Her body,  believed to have been in the water for less than a day, washed up at Okahu Bay on Tamaki Dr this morning and was reported to police by a person walking their dog about 10am, said a report.

A police spokeswoman, doubling as a pathologist, said there were no indications the death was suspicious.

Driver killed after two-car Christchurch crash

A person, possibly a foreign tourist, was killed after a two-car crash in Springston near Christchurch, today (23 February 2015).

No details of the deceased or those involved will be released until the process to inform next of kin has been completed, police said.


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More people killed or missing in NZ

Posted by te2ataria on February 22, 2015

Is there something deadly in the water?

Man’s body found in Wellington Harbour

A man’s body was discovered floating in the middle of Wellington Harbour by a fishing vessel at 4.20pm today, said Wellington Maritime Police.

Police would not release further details until next of kin had been notified, but said: “At this stage we don’t know how he got there”.

Kayaker found floating in water near Westport

A 48-year-old kayaker was found floating in the water at Tauranga Bay near Westport today, said police.

He was found face down in the water about 30 metres from shore 5pm today.

He was the second Kayaker to die in three days.

Kayaker’s body found on beach

The body of a kayaker was found on a beach near the mouth of the Waiau River, Tuatapere.

The 51-year old male was reported missing at around 5:15 pm on Friday, 20 February 2015.

German woman still missing

A 25-year-old German tourist known as Tina has been missing for four days.

It is believed she had planned to walk to the Hope Arm hut, a report said.

Police has not yet been able to establish her identify, let alone finding what happened to her.

Child killed in head-on collision – 21 February

A five-year-old girl was killed Saturday night in a head-on collision near the Moeraki Boulders north of Dunedin.

The incident occurred on State Highway 1 north of the Moeraki Boulders turn-off, police said.

Four other people travelling with her were taken to Dunedin Public Hospital overnight with moderate to serious injuries.

Four more people in the second vehicle were taken to Oamaru Hospital.


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Born in South Africa, Raised in England, Killed in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on February 20, 2015

Former British Royal Marine pilot killed in NZ chopper crash

Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, 42, a former British Royal Marine with the 847 Naval Air Squadron, and his Protégé, James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, were killed Thursday afternoon when their Robinson R44 helicopter crashed near Queenstown.

The teenager’s father, former Olympic skier Murray “Mo” Gardner, and his mother, Louisa “Choppy” Patterson, the owner of the Over The Top, which operated the helicopter, are said to be devastated.

Robinson R44 helicopter, a four-seat, single-engined light helicopter, is reportedly one of the most common helicopters operated in New Zealand.

Combe was born in South Africa, raised in England, obtaining a technology degree at Plymouth, university, before working for the Christian organisation Food For The Hungry in Rwanda, during that country’s civil war, said the report.

During an eight-year military career with British Royal Marines, he survived missions in Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Iraq.

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American family killed in New Zealand highway crash

Posted by te2ataria on February 19, 2015

UPDATE: Griffin Lee, 17, who had been in critical condition since the crash died on 23 February 2008 at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand police said.

Griffin Lee (left), aged 17, and 20-year-old sister Julia Lee (right) were in the front seats of the car when the accident happened. Photo: Supplied/via SCMP.com

The other three member of the family, Standard Chartered senior executive Warren Lee, 53, his wife Aesoon Lee, 52, and their daughter, Julia Lee, 20, were killed instantly on Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2008) when their car collided head-on with a logging truck near the North Island town of Tokoroa. The family were US citizens of Chinese and Korean descent.

Police name the Chinese American family killed in highway crash

The three Americans killed in a road crash on SH1 near Tokoroa on Tuesday (17 February) were identified as 53-year-old Warren Lee, 52-year-old Aesoon Lee and 20-year-old Julia Lee.

Warren and Aesoon Lee were American citizens living in Hong Kong. Their daughter Julia Lee had been living in Massachusetts, but was due to start university in Auckland and her family had come over to settle her in before heading back home, police said.

Her 18-year-old brother, also an American citizen living in Hong Kong, remains in a critical but stable condition in Waikato Hospital.

Julia was driving the car when it crashed. Her brother was a front seat passenger and her parents were in the rear of the vehicle.

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Three US citizens were killed, and a fourth was critically injured, when their car and a logging truck collided on State Highway 1 near Lichfield, north of Tokoroa, between Tokoroa and Putaruru, at about 3.50pmTuesday, 17 February 2015. Picture: John van de Ven/ NZHerald

Parents Aesoon Lee (left) and Warren Lee (right) were on holiday in New Zealand to help daughter Julia relocate for her studies. Photo: Supplied/via SCMP.com

Another Fatal Crash

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 – 10:23pm – Waitemata

At approximately 9.30 pm Wednesday evening  a car that rolled on Simpson road, Ranui, Auckland, killing a male passenger in his mid 20’s died at the scene. The driver and a second passenger have been transported to hospital with injuries.

And, Another Deadly Crash

Earlier Wednesday , a six-car nose-to-tail crash on Auckland’s North Western motorway left one person with serious injuries. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/66374029/One-killed-when-car-rolls-in-Ranui-Auckland

Driver of a rental car, most probably a foreign visitor, was killed in a head-on crash with a truck full of lambs.

The fatal crash happened at 6.30pm on State Highway One near the Omihi railway crossing, 10 kilometres south of the Greta Valley, north Canterbury.


And a serious crash on SH1 Timaru-Pareora Highway

A serious two-vehicle crash on SH1 south of Timaru occurred shortly after 11.45am this morning (19 February 2015). SH1 is closed south of Timaru and diversions are in place on Beaconsfield Road and Talbot Road.

A south-bound car and a north-bound truck collided head on. The driver and sole occupant of the car has been taken to Timaru Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

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More foreigners killed on NZ Death Roads

Posted by te2ataria on February 18, 2015

Taiwanese visitor killed in Christchurch crash

Canterbury Police has reported a fatal two vehicle crash at approximately 11.22am this morning (18 February 2015) at the intersection of Jones Rd and Dawsons Rd in Templeton.  A Toyota Estima with seven Taiwanese people on board collided with a 4×4 vehicle with one occupant.  A rear-seat passenger of the Estima was confirmed as deceased at the scene.

No further details of the deceased will be released until next of kin in Taiwan have been informed. The driver and five passengers in the Estima and the driver and sole occupant of the 4×4 were taken to Christchurch Hospital with a minor to moderate injuries, police said.

Three killed in Tokoroa crash were American citizens

Police investigating a crash on SH1 near Tokoroa yesterday afternoon have confirmed that the three people who were killed (two women and one man) were American citizens.

A man, who was the fourth occupant in the car, remains in a critical condition in hospital. He is also an American citizen, police said.

Two women killed, two others seriously injured

Earlier yesterday, two women, South African Model Natasha Strydom, 20, of Waiuku and Jani Von Wielligh, 20, of Adelaide, Australia, were killed on the Hauraki Plains and two others left seriously injured in hospital after two separate crashes within hours of each other in Waikato.

The two women who died had been travelling in a Mazda Demio hatchback towards Thames when it and a Volkswagen Passat, travelling in the opposite direction, crashed head-on.

Another woman, the driver and sole occupant of the Volkswagen, as flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.

Jani Von Wielligh (left) and Natasha Strydom died in a car accident on the Hauraki Plains. A family friend described the two women as “two precious jewels”.

In yet another incident in the northern Waikato, a fourth woman, aged about 40, was seriously injured her car crashed 30 metres into a paddock near Mercer. She was trapped in the car for a while, and later taken to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition.  [http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/66325177/Six-die-on-North-Island-roads-in-one-day]

Driver killed after crashing off a motorway on Auckland’s North Shore

An as yet unidentified man who was driving on the Northern Motorway in Auckland was killed when his car went out of control, crashed into a lamp post and rolled own a bank between Oteha Valley Rd and Greville Rd, on Tuesday evening, police said.

Police spokeswoman Beth Bates said police didn’t yet know what caused the crash.

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Five more foreigners killed, another critically injured on NZ Death Roads

Posted by te2ataria on February 17, 2015

Three foreigners killed near Lichfield, another critically injured

Three visitors were killed and another is fighting for his life after their car collided with a logging truck on State Highway 1.

The crash happened near Lichfield, north of Tokoroa, between Tokoroa and Putaruru, at about 3.50pm, said the police.

A saloon car travelling north appears to have crossed the centreline colliding with a logging truck travelling south. It has not been established what caused the car to cross the centreline, police said.

The female driver of the car and two rear passengers (one male and one female) died at the scene. The male front seat passenger was critically injured and airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

The truck driver was shaken but not injured.

Police confirmed that the victims were foreign nationals, but said no further details, including  nationality, would be released until next of kin have been notified.

Two more foreigners killed in Waikato

Police urge motorists to avoid all but essential travel on highway following double fatal crash

Motorists were asked to avoid all but essential travel on the Hauraki section of SH25 today after a collision claimed the lives of at least two people south of Thames this morning.

The collision occurred at the intersection with Pipiroa Rd between Waitakaruru and Kopu about 7.45am, police said.

“What we do know is that a head-on collision has occurred on SH25 between a Thames bound Mazda Demio car and a Volkswagen Passat heading north away from Thames.”

Two female occupants of the Mazda died in the collision and work is underway to try and confirm their identities and nationalities.

“At this stage we are still trying to confirm it but it appears both women were Australian nationals.”

Other Road Kills

Waitotara crash victim named –Tuesday, 17 February 2015 – 3:39pm Central

Whanganui Police has released the name of the woman who died in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 3, near Waitotara yesterday (16 February, 2014).  She was Shauna Leitch aged 55, of Whangarei.

One killed in crash on Auckland motorway – 7:06 PM Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

One person was killed in a motor vehicle accident along the Northern Motorway on State Highway 1 in Auckland. The crash was in a northerly direction between Greville Road and Oteha Valley Road, police said. “A four wheel drive vehicle has left the motorway, crashed down a bank into a couple of lamp post.”

Pedestrian named Monday, 16 February 2015 – 8:34pm Central
Police has released the name of an 18-year-old man who was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Napier Road, Palmerston North in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 15 February, 2014. He was Jarryn Lawton of Palmerston North.

Fatal crash near Waitotara Monday, 16 February 2015 – 5:09pmCentral

Whanganui Police are investigating a fatal crash where two cars collided on State Highway 3, about 3 kilometres east of Waitotara at approximately 12:30pm Monday.

The head-on collision involved a blue west-bound Mazda hatchback and a white east-bound Nissan saloon. The female driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene and her male passenger was airlifted by a rescue helicopter to the Taranaki Base Hospital.

The male driver of the Mazda, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was transported to the Whanganui Hospital by ambulance and is in a serious condition.

Family given ‘worst possible news’ as crash kills young woman

The name of a young woman who was killed after a two car head-on collision north of Auckland has been released. Coral Jobsis, 23, was travelling along Whangaparaoa Road around 5.30am when the crash happened, police said.

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I never knew my family would be exposed to horrors like these in NZ

Posted by te2ataria on February 14, 2015

Sent by a reader (personal details removed, edited by  moderator N. )

My three daughters will never be safe in this country

When I emigrated to New Zealand, I had NO idea about the kinds of dangers my family would be exposed to.  I don’t want my kids to grow up in New Zealand.

Please, could someone help me?

Former youth group leader guilty of sexual assaults
A former Waikato church youth group leader was found guilty of sexual assault charges.
David Robert Ballantyne, 32, a former teacher in Taumarunui, was found guilty on all charges, which involved him touching the genitals of the complainant – aged 12 at the time – on one occasion between 2005 and 2006 – before two other incidents in March 2013.

Peter Wrigley jailed 6.5 years for child sex assault and 124,655 images

A Wellington sporting identity who travelled to international children’s games with more tahn 40,000 images of the brutal sexual assault of children on his personal computer and mobile phone has been found guilty of various sexual offences and jailed for six and a half years.

Peter John Wrigley had also abused two girls, one of whom he had photographed in sexually explicit poses and with obscenities written on her body in lipstick.

Wrigley, 54, pleaded guilty in December to 12 charges of indecent assault of girls under 12, and 31 charges of possessing objectionable publications, four charges of exporting images and four of importing them.

Soldier dismissed and imprisoned over sex charges

A decorated soldier guilty of eight sex-related charges involving recruits has been sent to jail for 15 months, demoted and dismissed from the New Zealand Defence Force.

Bombardier Phillip Manning showed little emotion while Judge Charles Blackie delivered his sentence at the court martial at Linton Military Camp near Palmerston North today.

Millionaire Mark Lyon named as convicted sex offender

Former prominent businessman turned drug addict Mark Lyon has finally been named as the man jailed late last year for horrific sex offences.

Lyon was sentenced in December for a string of sex offences where he plied women with drugs, shackled them in a dungeon-style room in his inner city apartment basement and sexually assaulted them.

The 59-year-old was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for two counts of sexual violation, and other charges of supplying drugs and commercial sexual services to underage girls.

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Yet another American student killed in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on February 11, 2015

RIP Corey

Corey Docherty, a 22-year-old U.S. student from Massachusetts, who was found severely injured in a Queenstown alleyway, reportedly died on Tuesday.

Mr Docherty was found lying in a pool of blood, near Base Backpackers in Shotover Street, Queenstown, at about 9 am on Friday, Waitangi Day.

He had sustained serious injuries to his head and back, and reportedly died in Dunedin Hospital.

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Massachusetts Student Corey Docherty, 22,  who was killed in New Zealand has been described as “one of the best and most lovable guys that one could know,” by a friend. Photo: Internet.

Mr Docherty, who was from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was described by a friend as “one of the best and most lovable guys that one could know.”

“They say a smile lights up a room and he definitely had that smile,” he said.

“You were one of the nicest most genuine people,” said another friend.

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