submitted by a reader
Just How Many?
In 2000, the number of New Zealand road accidents causing injuries was 7,447. In 2006, the figure rose to 10,738 – the highest since 1995. Statistics provided by the Ministry of Transport [invariably economical with the truth] show that in the same period, the number of hospitalizations also rose by about a quarter (25%), to 7,427. (Source)
The Moderators estimate that the number of road accidents causing injuries was about 15,000 in 2007. However the exact figure may never be revealed by New Zealand un-authorities.
According to Land Transport NZ, the road kills for the last 12 months, as at 16 Jul 2008, were 412, nearly 3 percent higher than same period last year. In all probability, however, the LTNZ figures too have been heavily doctored. The actual figures may be a lot higher, but we’ll never know for sure what the exact numbers were!
The Moderators also estimate that tourists visiting New Zealand could account for as many as 50 to 60 percent of all casualties. But, other than the NZ govt., victims and their families, no one else would ever know the extent of this “accidental” butchery.
So, once again, to New Zealand Govt:
Tell the World How Many Visitors are Murdered or killed in New Zealand Each Year!
New Zealand: A Tourist Deathtrap!
Welcome to New Zealand!
And will you be playing New Zealand Road Roulette, or have you booked other death games?
[Note: NZ government agencies have declined to provide the relevant stats on the numbers of assaults and murders of foreigners.]
A 25-year-old Korean national was killed on NZ State Highway 2
Two Koreans were injured in tourist bus collision
Three tourists hurt in vicious Queenstown street attack: “It was a very serious assault,” police said. http://www.stuff.co.nz/4405769a11.html
Links to recent tourist fatalities in NZ:
New Zealand: A Tourist Deathtrap
Canadian Tourist Murdered?
Murdered in New Zealand in the Prime of Her Life
A 57-year-old American tourist fell to his death after missing unmarked “path” in Mt Cook
A British tourist killed in bus crash, fate of the other seriously injured tourists unknown
Roads claim nine lives during weekend
One person is dead and two seriously injured in a tourist bus collision yesterday.
Crash raises road toll to 11 for January
Tourist bus crashes with van, 1 dead.
Three female Korean tourists, aged 18, 19, and 34, had their right arms amputated after the crash. Another passenger suffered a fractured eye socket.
Eight Chinese tourists were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries.
West Coast bus crash injures 21 overseas tourists [with 10 receiving severe injuries such as fractured limbs.]
One tourist was killed and Eight others are in a critical condition after a head-on crash in Waikato. http://www.stuff.co.nz/4342236a11.html
22 foreign tourists run for their lives after their bus catches fire