Swiss motorcyclist killed in Central Otago Crash
Manfred Brand, 47, a Swiss national, who was working temporarily in New Zealand, was killed in a crash on Cardrona Valley Road on 6 January, police said.
Police have not specified the nature of the victim’s employment in this country, and it’s not known weather his death would be investigated.
Mr Brand was at least the 22nd foreigner to be killed in New Zealand since December 23, 2016.
Other News in Drips…
Why was Julian Carver assassinated?
Julian Carver, the former chief information officer at CERA, has died unexpectedly, police said.
Father of two Julian Carver, 44, was the former chief information officer at CERA. He was found dead in suspicious circumstances, this blog believes, at a psychiatric hospital in Christchurch on January 2.
It is unknown why the victim was in psychiatric hospital.
Carver had led several large shared services projects across central and local government and helped develop New Zealand’s Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, said a report.
The Deadly Emirates Airline Connection
Dutch police are investigating mystery death of British airline worker whose body was found on a railway track in the Netherlands. They said it appeared the Emirates cabin crew member, missing since January 1, had been hit by a train between Schiphol and Amsterdam. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-investigating-mystery-death-british-9562883
Fatal Rangitikei Line crash, Manawatu
The man who was kiled in a fatal crash on Rangitikei Line in Newbury, Manawatu on Wednesday 4 January 2017 was Nathan David Karatau, 34 years-old, who lived in Marton, police said.
[UPDATE] One killed, another critically injured as car and truck collide near Palmerston North
One person was killed and another critically injured after a car and truck collided near Palmerston North on the Rangitikei Line, State Highway 3 about 7.30pm on Monday.
Overseas visitor critically injured after diving into swimming pool
[No further details available. Fate of the visitor is UNKNOWN!]
Schlumberger denies responsibility for the dead whales
Schlumberger, the oilfield services company doing seismic surveys of the sea floor near Cook Strait, says they are not responsible to recent whale strandings.
However, Otago University zoologist, Prof. Liz Slooten said the Rabbit Island stranding happened at the time one of the surveys was being conducted off Taranaki, about 60 nautical miles (111km) north of Nelson.
“The whale could have been very close to the air guns and may have suffered physical damage causing temporary or permanent hearing loss. This could have led to the stranding, but only a full autopsy can answer this question,” Slooten said.