French hiker’s death kept secret by New Zealand police to protect tourism
Posted by te2ataria on January 20, 2017
Foreword: New Zealand police have been under strict orders to withhold, censor or otherwise block reports of tourist fatalities in New Zealand. The censorship also applies to reports of road fatalities. Currently, about two out of every three road fatalities go unreported.
Frenchwoman killed on January 11, police withheld report until forced by foreign media to release details
A 53-year-old Frenchwoman was killed in a fall near Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park on January 11, but her death was kept secret until today, when police was forced by foreign media to release the details.
The victim was tramping with her husband, who has since left New Zealand. Her body has been recovered but it was not known when it would be returned to her family, said a report.
“A police media spokesman said miscommunication internally had meant details of last week’s incident were not released earlier.”
Recent fatalities in the area include
- An unnamed 31-year-old Israeli soldier killed in 2016
- German tramper Christine Lenicker kiled in 2015
- Australian tramper James Poland killed in a 130-metre fall in 2011
In November 2016, a French tourist was killed while hiking on Banks Peninsula.
How Many Foreigners Killed in NZ Since 2000?
About 4,000 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers, recent emigrants and refugees have lost their lives and 24,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.
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