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Te Hawiki Hona KIRI TE AMO

Circumstances of death: Te Hawiki Hona Kiri Te Amo (Hawiki) was a 16 year old young man who was living at 96 Middlepark Road, Sockburn, Christchurch with his mother, Esther Corlett. About 10 October 2018, Hawiki, and his cousin Hoani Abraham, travelled from Christchurch to stay with Hawiki’s father, Jeffrey Kiri at 20B Kelly Street, Opotiki. On the evening of 13 October 2018 Hawiki was with Hoani and his brother Te Poho Te Amo. The young men decided to go to the Opotiki College grounds and climb onto the buildings. Hawiki and Hoani were on the roof of the library building at Opotiki College. At the area of the skylight, the young men were kicking at the skylight when it broke causing the young men to fall approximately 8 metres, to the floor below.


On the morning of 7 November 2011 Christie Alexis Lesley Marceau, aged 18 years, died at her family home at the hand of Akshay Chand, also aged 18 years.

Inquest into the death of: MOKO SAYVIAH RANGITOHERIRI

[1] The death of Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri, a three-year-old child born on the 15th October 2011,
was reported to me last year as the Designated Coroner for the Bay of Plenty area.
[2] When this death was reported to me, because of the nature and circumstances surrounding the
death, I decided to open and conduct an Inquiry into the death pursuant to the powers invested in me by
the Coroners Act 2006.


[1) At 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011 a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Christchurch on what is now commonly known as the Port Hills Fault. The existence of this fault was unknown before the February earthquake. The earthquake caused widespread damage to property and infrastructure across Christchurch, exacerbating damage caused by the earthquakes on 4 September 2010 and 26 December 2010 (and numerous aftershocks), and causing the deaths of 185 people. Of this number, 115 people died as a result of the collapse of the CTV Building situated at 247 Madras Street, Christchurch. A joint inquest was commenced by me at Christchurch on 30 August 2011. The inquest was adjourned part heard in relation to those that died in the CTV Building. Although the scope of the inquiry was limited (as I have explained at paragraphs 3 and 4) to an examination of the deaths of 8 of the victims, these findings apply in a general sense to all 115 victims of the CTV Building collapse.

Scott Grahame Guy

Sometime between 4.45 – 5.00am on 8 July 2010 Scott Guy drove in the pitch black darkness down the drive of his rural property, heading to milking. The only light was from his headlights, which were on high beam. As he approached the end of the drive he noticed that the gates were closed. This was unexpected, as neither he nor his wife had closed them the night before. Stopping his ute he jumped out and opened the gates, and was then shot by an assailant who waited in the darkness beyond the lights of his vehicle.  Mr Guy died where he fell from gunshot wounds, and his body was found shortly after 7.00am. Mr Guy’s death was reported to the coroner, and a formal inquiry was opened.

Kenneth David Low

In the early hours of the morning of 12 December the deceased was seen to be sitting astride a wide ledge on a balcony outside apartment 6B on those premises.  He had his right leg over the edge and shortly after a noise was heard and on inspection Mr Low was located some 20 metres down on the ground below.  Emergency services attended, but Mr Low had died from injuries sustained from the fall.