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

 

Lucky Tourists!

Lucky Tourists!

With the cold spell upon us it's timely to remind those using the outdoors to take extra care when venturing out. This was highlighted by an incident which occurred yesterday in the Whirinaki Forest Park south east of Murupara.

Two off-duty Police officers heading out for an overnight hunting trip located a pair of American tourists at the Plateau Road end of the Whirinaki Track. This was following the dumping of snow which had fallen during the day and preceding night, leaving several inches on the ground.

The pair of tourists had walked in from the northern end of the park, spent the night at the Central Whirinaki Hut, and had intended to go to another hut but had been hampered by the cold conditions, and the many river crossings they encountered, which had left them wet and tired.

When found by the off-duty officers it had been their intention to walk back to their vehicle at Minginui via the forestry roads. They had not realised this was more than 50 kilometres, and that without some local knowledge it would been almost impossible to successfully negotiate the maze of roads, especially given they were all now under a coating snow.

The area is very remote, and especially at this time of year you can go all day without seeing another soul.

The pair were well equipped with good gear and plenty of food, but the prospect of spending a night in the open in conditions such as this may well have had serious consequences. They were very fortunate that the Police officers had a satellite phone with them, and were able to call to get assistance for the pair, who were picked up by the Murupara Police and driven back to their car.

With conditions such as they are, and with cold weather being the reality for the next month or so, I would stress that those going out be well prepared. At this time of year, it doesn't take much to turn what at any other time of year could be a benign incident into a life threatening emergency.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% and the Act Party is on 6.3%. Conditions continue to look terminal for New Zealand First. Despite being a stubborn brake on government tax policy and winning a few policy gains of its own, NZF is registering only a 1.9% level of support... More>>

 

Serious Fraud Office: Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations

The SFO has filed a charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’ against two defendants in the New Zealand First Foundation electoral funding case. The charges were filed on 23 September. The defendants have interim name suppression and so cannot be named ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>

ALSO:


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>

ALSO:

Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>

ALSO:

Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels