Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Award Presentations

Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Award Presentations

Citations – Strictly embargoed until 2.45pm, 20 June
Murray Michie – Stanhope Gold Medal
Christopher Muller – Royal Humane Society Silver Medal
________________________________________________________________________
Murray Edward Michie, Stanhope Gold Award
Shortly after 2.00 pm on Saturday 11th July 2015, four men and a young woman came across a vehicle accident at Mount Stewart, Manawatu on SH3, near Bulls.
The driver of a Mitsubishi Diamante, who died instantly in the crash, had been travelling in excess of 150 km per hour on the wrong side of the road.
He had eventually lost control, hit a traffic island and crashed head-on into a Toyota Landcruiser driven by Susan Evans, who was accompanied by her three young daughters, Gabrielle, Hannah and Hayley.
The Landcruiser and its horse-float jack-knifed, overturned and came to rest, straddling a fence on a steep bank. The vehicle was on its roof.
When Murray Michie arrived on the scene, he saw flames and smoke in the Landcruiser. He was counseled against approaching the car because of the likelihood of an explosion. However, he repeatedly entered it to free all of the occupants.
The eldest girl climbed out through the rear hatch after it had been opened by Mr Michie, who helped her to safety.
A delivery truck driver, who was also a volunteer fireman, had been first on the scene and used extinguishers he obtained from other drivers to keep the fire in the Landcruiser at bay.
Mr Michie saw that the flames in the engine compartment had begun to spread through the firewall and into the passenger area. The three remaining passengers in the Landcruiser were wearing seatbelts, which had tightened on impact. He could not release two of the belts, which were jammed and he called for someone to find a knife. A young man provided a knife and then used a fire extinguisher which Mr Michie had retrieved from the boot.
By this time, smoke was billowing from car. With the pocket knife in hand, Mr Michie entered the vehicle and cut the remaining occupants free of their seatbelts.
The volunteer fireman continued trying to control the fire, but the heat became so intense that it forced him to move away briefly. He then entered the vehicle to help Mr Michie release Ms Evans, who had received critical injuries, and was unconscious.
Her seatback had collapsed, and she had been forced forward so that she was wedged between the front seats, with her legs trapped behind the steering wheel. After Mr Michie had cut her seatbelt, he and four others moved her out of the car. When they were three metres or so away from the vehicle, it exploded.
St John Ambulance, Police and the Fire Services then arrived and took control of the situation.
But for the actions of Murray Michie and the four others who had been involved in the rescue, all putting themselves in obvious danger, several people would have lost their lives.
For his acts of bravery, described by one eye-witness as ‘amazing’,
Murray Edward Michie was awarded a Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Silver Medal in 2016.

Christopher George Muller, Silver Medal
On Friday 19th September 2014, in Havelock North, Christopher Muller, a volunteer fire fighter, was on sick leave recuperating from recent surgery, when he was notified by his pager that there was a fire at nearby property.
Mr Muller knew that it would take time for a fire appliance to reach the house, so Mr Muller went with his father to investigate the fire. Mr Muller found the house to be fully alight, with thick black smoke billowing out. A neighbour advised that the only female occupant of the house had been seen safely out of the house, but she could not be located.
Mr Muller checked the perimeter of the house. When he called out, he received a response from inside. Despite having no breathing apparatus or protective clothing, Mr Muller entered the house. At this point the fire had taken over, with flames in the ceiling and a smoke layer approximately 50cm off the ground.
After crawling some 10 to 12 metres in the hall, Mr Muller located the occupant in a semi-conscious state and dragged her outside to safety.
The woman was suffering from smoke inhalation and minor abrasions. Mr Muller stayed with her until the ambulance arrived and transferred her to hospital. She was admitted into Intensive Care in a critical condition, and fortunately she recovered.
The decisive actions of Mr Muller, undertaken with little regard for his own safety, directly contributed to the saving of another person’s life.
Christopher George Muller was awarded a Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Silver Medal.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election