Man found dead in lagoon is named
"Police News Alert Issued *** 4.00pm, February 3rd
A man found dead in a lagoon in
Whakatane yesterday has been identified as 60-year-old local
man Christopher John Erlbeck.
Mr Erlbeck was located at
approximately 3.30pm in the afternoon face down in the
Awatapu Lagoon on Awatapu Drive close to a vertical bank
approximately 1.5 steep. Also in the water was Mr
Erlbeck’s electric wheelchair.
Enquiries are ongoing
into how Mr Erlbeck died but there are no suspicious
circumstances and the matter has been referred to the
There will be no further police comment.
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Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
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