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Brits Life Much Cheaper Than Israelis in NZ

Posted by te2ataria on August 26, 2009

sent by a UK/kiwi reader

Emily Jordan’s Family Victimized Twice!

When Israelis are killed in New Zealand, their families hit the 8-figure compensation jackpot; the Brits get peanuts [and probably a pair of discounted air tickets.]

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Miss Jordan, who graduated from Swansea University , drowned after becoming trapped beneath underwater rocks for 20 minutes.

Chris Jordan, father of Emily Jordan who was drowned in the Kawarau River Gorge in Central Otago in April 2008, received $80,000 [£33,600] in reparations for his “special Daughter’s) negligent homicide. It had cost the family about 10 times as much to raise her.

It’s not known why he agreed to the micky-mouse death compensation, unless the media aren’t telling us everything.

The company, Mad Dog River Boarding, responsible for the victim’s death, was fined $66,000 for Emily Jordan’s negligent homicide.

Emily Jordan’s father told The Otago Daily Times: “We have got to get something out of this, otherwise Emily’s death would be for nothing.

“Many activities in New Zealand carry little or no regulation.

“I have a major problem with this. If anyone wanted to, say, start up a new activity tomorrow going down a river on your head, it would be permissible.”

If indeed NZ Govt hasn’t secretly topped up the reparations to the Jordan family, then they should sue the government.

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You’re guilty as hell and should pay damages

Posted by te2ataria on February 20, 2009

Denial is a key characteristic of cowards. Pakeha would never admit to their guilt. How could they, their very existence is ridden with guilt!

sent by Tami in Wales

Adventure sports company denies guilt after Midland student drowns river-boarding

An adventure sports company and its director have pleaded not guilty to breaching New Zealand health and safety laws nine months after a 21-year-old Midlands woman died in a river-boarding tragedy.

Law graduate Emily Jordan, of Trimpley, Worcestershire, drowned when she became trapped between rocks in the Kawarau River Gorge, near Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island, last April. Emily had been riding on a body board on an organised trip in fast-flowing rapids when she died.

Emily, who had a first-class degree in law from the University of Swansea, was on the trip with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jonny Armour.

Maritime New Zealand laid three charges against Black Sheep Adventures Ltd, which trades as Mad Dog River Surfing, and three charges against its director, Brad Alexander McLeod.

The charges relate to the Health and Safety Employment Act of 1992 and each one carries a maximum fine of $NZ250,000 or £90,000.

A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice told the Birmingham Post that the defendants entered not guilty pleas on February 5.

She added: “The Defendants, through their counsel, have entered pleas of not guilty and the matter has now been set down for a status hearing on March 9, where a fixture date will be given.”

Emily’s father, Chris, who set up the Emily Jordan Foundation Trust with her mum Sarah, sister, Lucy, and brother, Alex, says the family is being kept in the dark by the New Zealand authorities.

He added: “We have not even been told that they have entered pleas. As a family we are not happy with the lack of information and the apparent lack of concern. We had seen articles in the New Zealand press saying the case had been adjourned again, so we wrote to the Ministry of Justice on February 11 to ask what was happening.

“The statement they sent back said ‘please be assured that we are running the case in accordance with New Zealand’s judicial requirements’.

“They did not tell us that pleas had been entered. It’s very frustrating that we are not being told anything.”

An inquest into Emily’s death was opened in West Bromwich in May but Black Country coroner Robin Balmain adjourned the hearing pending a full inquiry in New Zealand.

The Emily Jordan Foundation aims to raise money for people with learning difficulties. A Facebook page for the foundation has more than 900 members and there are a number of fund-raising events planned for this year, including a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The cause was close to Emily’s heart, as her 23-year-old brother Alex has autism. Copyright Nick McCarthy, Birmingham Post

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NO amount of money could replace Emily Jordan, who was a precious gem to her family and friends. Let’s hope the family’s lawyers  would pitch the death compensation money at about NZ$50million.

Rumor has it that the family of another foreign tourist who was killed/died mysteriously [the public will probably never know the cause of death] received about NZ$20 million in death compensation from New Zealand govt.

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