Fatal Crash - Ruawai, Northland
Short description: Fatal crash
On Tuesday 8th of January 2013, at approximate 6.00pm.
Police attended a motor vehicle accident on Jellicoe Road,
A motor cycle collided with a Toyota van. Both
vehicles were travelling South on Jellicoe road. The van was
completing a right turn into a service station when it was
struck from behind.
The motor cyclist has attempted to
overtake the van while it was turning. Speed is believed to
be a contributing factor. The motor cyclist was also not
wearing a safety helmet at the time of the collision.
motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene by
The deceased is a local Ruawai resident,
male, aged 20 years.
Next of kin have been advised.
Aaron Nigel RUDKIN. DOB 14/09/1992.
(Age 20 years)
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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