Kiwi of the week: Dan Oliver
Posted by te2ataria on May 1, 2016
Kiwi falls “five storeys” while trying to retrieve ball thinking he was a bird
A 24-year-old drunk mechanic from Auckland, Dan Oliver, volunteered to retrieve a rugby ball after he or one of his mates had kicked the ball on to a nearby roof in Bath, England.
“We went up a flight of stairs on the outside of a building. We could see the ball was sitting in a courtyard, we had knocked on the doors of the buildings nearby but nobody was there.
“While we were discussing how we would get down, I ended up [thinking I was a bird] …”
Oliver allegedly fell 13 metres (!), or about five storeys, landing on his back and narrowly missing a metal fence. [Never mind the physics and biology… ]
“The first thought I had was I am in a lot of pain. I was absolutely terrified.
“I couldn’t move, I couldn’t feel my legs. I was incredibly scared and in a lot of shock,” he said.
“I broke down, I started crying.”
Two specialist doctors were flown in to help ambulance staff who were trying to stabilise him at the scene, according to a report.
“Those doctors were so onto it. They saved my life.”
Oliver ended up with two fractured vertebrae, a fractured skull, brain bleeds, a compound fracture to his leg, a broken wrist and a smashed pelvis, the report said.
“It bloody hurts, it is unbelievable. I can’t stand up, I can’t move my legs. I can only wiggle my toes.
Olive had been travelling around Europe and working in London since August last year while on his big OE.
Other News in Drips…
Corpse found in Piha
The body was found at North Piha (Auckland). Police immediately ruled out foul play.
Serious assaults in South Island
“Police in the South Island are investigating two serious assaults overnight.” One victim was stabbed in the neck and back, the other was seriously injured after he was assaulted. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11631754
British migrant worries she might lose her house over tax bill that “blindsided” her
British migrant Alison Gordon is facing unemployment, supporting her two teenage sons on her own – and an unexpected $11,000 tax bill.
Gordon arrived from Britain in 2005 and transferred her pension to a New Zealand fund.
The Hawke’s Bay resident did not give the transfer much more thought until December, when she received a letter from Inland Revenue telling her she had to pay $11,000 in tax.
She started to ask for help, from her local MP and tax agents, and discovered that hers was not an isolated case. Inland Revenue is approaching many migrants who it believes did not pay accurate tax on their pension transfers when they moved to New Zealand. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/79405536/Migrant-says-its-not-fair-no-one-will-accept-blame-for-lax-tax-advice
Deal to boost Indian tourism signed in Auckland (!)
“The ceremony, at Auckland’s Langham Hotel, was witnessed by Prime Minister John Key and India’s President Pranab Mukherjee, who is visiting New Zealand”, according to a report.
“Our annual trade with India is worth more than $1 billion. In the year to 31 March 2016, almost 52,000 Kiwis travelled to India and close to 60,000 Indians visited New Zealand. In addition, more than 160,000 people of Indian descent live here”, said NZ’s Transport Minister.
However, he forgot to mention one minor technicality: the number of Indian visitors, students, taxi drivers and shopkeepers who are killed or go missing in New Zealand, each year.
But since neither India’s Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, nor its President read the news, they probably can’t be charged as accessories to murder.