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Australian Climber Killed in NZ Fiordland

Posted by te2ataria on February 24, 2012

Australian-Based Visitor Killed Climbing Homer Saddle, Fiordland National Park

Athol Whimp, 50, fell more than 800 meters to his death while climbing the Homer Saddle in Fiordland National Park on Thursday, February 23, 2012, police said.

Whimp was an experienced and well-regarded mountain climber who had been holidaying in New Zealand, Sergeant Ian Martin, of Invercargill police said.

The victim’s body was  taken to Southland Hospital in Invercargill for an autopsy.

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Australian Woman Killed in Karako Glacier Named

Posted by te2ataria on March 24, 2011

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Australian Woman Killed in New Zealand

Police have named the Australian woman killed in Fiordland national park as Melissa Therese Martin, 38, of Sydney.

Mrs Martin’s husband is said to have received non-life threatening injuries, after he fell 40 metres down an ice face in  Karako Glacier area.

About 30 times as many Australians are killed in New Zealand, as New Zealanders are in Australia.


Melissa Martin, 38, and her husband Brad Skinner from Sydney, Australia. They had planned to spend 3 years “adventure-neering” in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and South America, according to their blog. But like “many”  other Australians, she never managed to get out of New Zealand alive.

On average, at least one foreigner will be killed in New Zealand every day throughout 2011.

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Australian Woman Killed in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on March 23, 2011

An Australian woman was killed and her male companion injured while climbing in Fiordland National Park.

The death occurred at about 1.30pm Wednesday on the Korako Glacier, according to a report.

The survivor was taken to Te Anau medical centre with “non life-threatening injuries,” the police said.

The dead woman’s name has not been released.

On average, at least one foreigner will be killed in New Zealand every day throughout 2011.

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