A “beautiful and very capable” Rotorua school girl was one of five family members killed in a crash near Taupō on Monday.
Her 11-year-old brother, the sole survivor, was flown to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries.
Police were called to the crash on Tirohanga Rd, which joins with State Highway 1 near Atiamuri, north of Taupō on Monday morning.
A west-bound Ford Falcon carrying six people had crashed into a gum tree.
At the scene, Senior Sergeant Fane Troy confirmed the five were all from the same family.
In a Facebook post, Rotorua Intermediate School announced the “sad sad news” of the death of a student.
“It is with deep sadness that I write this letter to inform our Rotorua Intermediate School community that one of our students was tragically killed in a car accident, along with four other members of her family,” the post said.
“Our thoughts are support are with the whanau, and with the many students who have fond memories of this beautiful, and very capable student, who had so much to offer the world.”
All students have been informed and help is available for children having difficulty processing the tragedy, it added.
Where to get help
Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354
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Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
0800 WHATSUP children’s helpline – phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.
Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.
Source : Stuff NZ
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