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Another tourist nightmare in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on January 18, 2016

New Zealand tourist boat catches fire offshore Whakatane

“The motor exploded.’ igniting a massive fire that engulfed the boat forcing 57 passengers and 7 crew members on board the tourist vessel to choose between hell and freezing high water.

Passengers and crew on board the burning ship were forced to jump into the water to escape the flames, according to police.

Police spokeswoman Kim Perks said the boat, owned by White Island Tours, was over half a mile from the shore when it sent a mayday.

“Quite a few of them were upset, obviously, a few were international tourists here by themselves without a lot of support”, said an eyewitness.

Another eyewitness said many of the rescued tourists were crying and “freaking out”.

“By the time the last two people who came off the boat, the whole thing was in flames. They got off just in time.” [Third-time lucky?]

The 75-foot Pee Jay 5 later sank, according to reports.

Read also:
Bus crash near Arthur’s Pass ‘worst incident I have ever attended’
Paramedics arriving at the “horrific” scene of a bus crash near Arthur’s Pass found people with partially amputated feet and hands, head injuries and broken bones.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75570924/bus-crash-near-arthurs-pass-worst-incident-i-have-ever-attended

12 remain in hospital after horror crash near Arthur’s Pass
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11567927

Serious bus crash in Red Beach, New Zealand (five days ago)
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11573309

Up to ten injured in bus crash
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1601/S00185/up-to-ten-injured-in-bus-crash.htm

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Road fatalities: NZ Govt continues to doctor the figures

Posted by te2ataria on January 18, 2016

Ministry of Transport accelerating the scam?

As of Thursday night, according to the Ministry of Transport’s own data, 16 people had been killed on NZ roads, or more than one person per day, so far this year. The figure was published Friday morning.

Even the MSM noticed the figures. “2016 road toll: Sixteen dead so far,” wrote Anna Leask, senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald, at 9:4AM on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11574257

Since Friday morning, at least 7 other road fatalities have been reported.

One man was killed, his partner injured, after a quad bike incident in Northland this morning. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/fatal-quad-bike-accident-in-northland

Man killed in crash on Whirinaki Rd. Derek Ricketts was killed when his car went out of control and hit a concrete toilet block on Whirinaki Rd near Bay View at round 12.30am today (18 January 2016).  The fatality is the third death on Hawke’s Bay Roads in 2016. Bradley Charles Dobby from Waipukurau was killed after a crash involving a ute and a car, near Waipawa on State Highway 2 and a two-year-old girl, Sapphire Te Aroha Skipper-Hira, was killed on the Hawke’s Bay Expressway on Wednesday.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11575592

Over the weekend:

[1 more fatality making a total of 17 deaths for the year to January 17, inclusive]

Friends of the teenager who was killed in a crash in central Auckland this weekend have described him as a keen comedian and an aspiring radio broadcaster. The crash victim has been identified as St Peter’s College student, Robbie Taylor, who was to start his final year at school in a few weeks. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11575598
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/75962265/one-person-has-died-after-a-motor-vehicle-collision-in-central-auckland.html

[1 more fatality making a total of 18 deaths for the year to January 17, inclusive]

Crash near Feilding kills Palmerston North man
The driver and sole occupant, Clifford Johnson, 31, of Palmerston North, was killed in a crash in Manawatu. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/75959316/crash-near-feilding-kills-palmerston-north-man.html

[3 more road fatalities making a total of at least 21 reported deaths for the year to January 17, inclusive]

Three people killed in three separate crashes since Friday

One person was killed in the Northland town of Waipu at 8am Friday. Police said there were two people in the car, which left the road and rolled near Finlayson Brook Road. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bites/294234/three-separate-fatal-crashes-since-friday-morning

A 25-year-old man was killed after his car rolled near Dunedin Airport and ended up on its roof Friday night. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bites/294234/three-separate-fatal-crashes-since-friday-morning

A woman died after she had spent a day in Nelson hospital following a car crash on Thursday afternoon in Motueka. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bites/294234/three-separate-fatal-crashes-since-friday-morning

Ministry of Transport Road Toll (doctored)

mot road fatalities
http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

Last Wednesday:

Two-year-old girl dies in Hawke’s Bay crash
Police said the crash occurred on the expressway between Omahu Road and Flaxmere Avenue at about 5pm on Wednesday. The victim has been named as Sapphire Te Aroha Skipper-Hira.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bites/294085/two-year-old-girl-dies-in-hawke%27s-bay-crash

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/75980309/police-name-toddler-killed-in-hawkes-bay-expressway-crash.html

Tim Grainger, 26, Logan Wright, 19, and Amy Katu, 26, were killed after their Mazda collided with a truck on Oparure Rd in Te Kuiti, King Country, shortly before 1pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11574416

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