East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

A teenage girl was taken to hos­pi­tal after a car crashed through a rock wall and into the sea in east Auck­land on Sun­day morn­ing. The car was ap­proach­ing a sharp cor­ner at speed in the early hours when it lost con­trol, left the road and rolled 30 me­tres into the sea close to the sea­side sub­urb of Mis­sion Bay. There were four pas­sen­gers in the car, which came to a stop on its wheels in the wa­ter. Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene on Ta­maki Drive at about 12.30am on Sun­day. Three oth­ers in the car were in a mod­er­ate con­di­tion. The teenage girl was taken to Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.


A 62-year-old woman is still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion after be­ing hit by a car on Ta­maki Drive on Mon­day last week. She had been out walk­ing her dogs, near the Ko­hi­marama Yacht Club, when a car hit her while she was walk­ing on the foot­path around 6.15pm. One of her dogs was killed in the in­ci­dent. More than 30,000 peo­ple travel through the Ta­maki Drive-ngapipi Rd in­ter­sec­tion ev­ery day. In 2016 it was rated the fourth most haz­ardous in­ter­sec­tion in Auck­land, and ranked 10th out of 100 high risk in­ter­sec­tions across the coun­try. New Zealand Trans­port Agency fig­ures showed in the past five years, 21 crashes have been recorded at the in­ter­sec­tion.


Auck­land Trans­port (AT) plans to em­ploy more trans­port of­fi­cers for trains. It cur­rently has 168 train man­agers, who will be re­placed with more than 200 trans­port of­fi­cers, who will have the power to is­sue in­fringe­ments, deal with any anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and help com­muters.trans­port of­fi­cers were be­ing re­cruited as part of the SAFE pro­gramme which would in­crease pas­sen­ger se­cu­rity and safety on trains and at rail sta­tions. AT metro op­er­a­tions group man­ager Bren­don Main said with the num­ber of rail pas­sen­ger jour­neys at a record high 20 mil­lion a year, more trans­port of­fi­cers were needed. The first group of trans­port of­fi­cers would be on the job from Novem­ber.

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