Foreign climber no. nnnn killed in New Zealand
Posted by te2ataria on February 1, 2016
Yet another foreign climber killed in Arthur’s Pass National Park, Canter-bury
A 31-year-old foreign male fell 50 metres to his death in the Arthur’s Pass National Park in the central South Island at about 7.40am Monday.
The victim and his two companions were climbing at the head of the Otira Valley. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76445220/Climber-plummets-50-metres-to-death-in-Arthurs-Pass-National-Park
Other deaths and serious injuries in News Zealand…
Police investigating sudden death of baby in Canterbury
Police say they are investigating the sudden death of a two-month-old baby girl in Canterbury. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/mid-canterbury-selwyn/71521150/Police-investigating-sudden-death-of-baby-in-Mid-Canterbury
Three injured in Auckland mass shooting
A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious but not life-threatening condition with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg while two others, aged 16 and 24, suffered leg wounds. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/three-people-shot-at-auckland-
Man killed in mountain biking incident in Queenstown
“We believe its a gentleman in his late 30s declared deceased at the scene,” said St John Central Lakes territory manager, who confirmed the victim had died. But was unable to confirm the victim’s nationality. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11583018
[Tourist seriously] injured in 15-metre fall
The man is believed to have been near a watering hole on the Taraire Track at Karekare and somehow [try dangerous track] slipped or fallen around 15m down a cliff shortly before 3.30pm, Inspector Jason Greenhalgh of the police Northern Communications Centre said. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11582981
Disabled man dies after instructions ignored
Newborn baby dies after midwives fail to follow-up on ailing health
Body found in rubble of Kaikoura house fire
A body has been found in the rubble of a house fire in Kaikoura. Police had initially wondered if one person was “unaccounted for” after the fire. A spokesman said on Sunday the body was found in the rubble. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76423682/body-found-in-rubble-of-kaikoura-house-fire.html
Jet skiing ‘biker gang’ frightens beach goers in New Plymouth
Taupo woman dies after car crash cuts power to her ventilator
Taupo woman Fai Deane was suffocated to death after a car smashed into a power pole near her home cutting power to her Unison Networks ventilator.
In 2008 coroner Gordon Matenga found the cutting of power over an unpaid bill of $168.40 played a part in Folole Muliaga’s death.
Muliaga died the same day a contractor to Mercury Energy cut the power in May, 2007.
Coroner Gordon Matenga agreed with four medical experts who testified at an inquest before him in May that Muliaga, 45, who was using an oxygen machine, died as a result of morbid obesity. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76424345/taupo-woman-fai-deane-dies-after-crash-cuts-unison-networks-power-to-ventilator.html
FBI disagrees with NZ government over police pursuits
“Most pursuits are for minor offences [and] research has shown that if the police refrain from chasing all offenders or terminate their pursuits, no significant increase in the number of suspects who flee would occur.”
Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they’re no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk.
“The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders.”
A former police officer told Metro that police sometimes lie about car chases. “It becomes an intensely personal battle between the chasing officer and the offender,” he said.
The former officer recalled one chase through a built-up area where he was travelling at up to 90km/h, but reported that he was doing only 50-60km/h.
The former officer was equally sceptical of police claims that pursuits had been called off just before a crash.
“We lied to keep going because no cop wants to lose an offender.”
“These fleeing drivers aren’t going to stop and think what they’re doing, so it’s up to the police to use their heads instead.” http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1602/S00003/fbi-disagrees-with-nz-government-over-police-chases.htm