Bay of Plenty Times

Coroner makes car crash rul­ing

- Incidents · Accidents · Cape Town · Rotorua · Auckland Region · New Zealand

A coroner in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of a woman and her two chil­dren has made an in­terim rul­ing that the crash they died in ap­pears to be self­in­flicted.

Ash­ton-lee Rangi­huna, 14. AnaRoimata Rangi­huna, 10 and their mother Tiny Tib­ble, 43, died in a crash on the East Cape on Novem­ber 16.

Ro­torua coroner Heidi Wrigley has since made an in­terim rul­ing on the crash, stat­ing that it ap­peared to be self-in­flicted.

The trio’s deaths came a month af­ter their father, Lance Rangi­huna, also died in a crash.

Rangi­huna’s brother, Wi­maki Rangi­huna ear­lier told the Her­ald he was dev­as­tated hiswhanau had been “wiped out”.

Wi­maki, who lives in Auck­land, said he now wanted to re­mem­ber his nephew for all of their deer hunt­ing, and div­ing for paua and cray­fish they used to do to­gether.

“Ash­ton was into his hunt­ing, div­ing, fish­ing. He was a tall, strap­ping young lad about six foot three [1.9m]. He’s a big boy.

“The night be­fore his father’s funeral he went hunt­ing, the next morn­ing we got up there was a veni­son hang­ing. The young fella and [his sis­ter] Anawere both gen­tle souls. Lance died about five weeks ago. Now I have to col­lect Tiny and the kids and bring them back home,” Wi­maki said. He de­scribed his brother as a “laid-back fella”.

He said his brother and Tiny were a “great cou­ple” and had re­cently pur­chased a lawn-mow­ing busi­ness. “They were fan­tas­tic par­ents and raised awe­some kids.”

— NZ Her­ald

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