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An el­derly man was flown to hos­pi­tal af­ter a crash that killed the pas­sen­ger in his car. The man in his 90s was driv­ing the sil­ver four wheel drive that smashed into a tree in a forestry block at Mercer in the north Waikato on Satur­day. The pas­sen­ger, a woman, died shortly af­ter the crash, which hap­pened on an old forestry track at 3.12pm. Po­lice said a four wheel drive ve­hi­cle struck a tree be­tween Dou­glas and Mercer Ferry roads. The el­derly man was trapped for some time in the driver’s seat. Af­ter a ‘‘lengthy ex­tri­ca­tion’’, the man was flown to Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal by the Auck­land and Coro­man­del West­pac Res­cue he­li­copter. He had se­ri­ous mul­ti­ple in­juries, a he­li­copter spokesper­son said in a state­ment.


Work is pro­gress­ing on the in­stal­la­tion of two new safe speed cam­eras in high crash risk ar­eas in the Coun­ties Manukau Po­lice district. Awhitu Rd in Kar­i­oitahi and Glen­brook Rd in Kingseat are among 33 sites across the coun­try where new safe speed cam­eras will be placed in an ef­fort to drive down mean speeds and re­lated deaths and in­juries in these ar­eas.

‘‘The place­ment of the poles and cam­eras is oc­cur­ring at those sites across the coun­try that have been iden­ti­fied as hav­ing a high crash risk and a his­tory of fa­tal­i­ties and in­jury crashes, based on de­tailed anal­y­sis by in­de­pen­dent traf­fic ex­perts,’’ said Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Road Polic­ing, In­spec­tor Peter McKen­nie.

Work to in­stall the first poles that will even­tu­ally hold the cam­eras be­gan in early Septem­ber, and the poles for the Awhitu Rd and Glen­brook Rd sites will be put in place in the near fu­ture. The cam­eras will be in­stalled af­ter that and once in place, they will be thor­oughly tested be­fore be­com­ing op­er­a­tional, said Mr McKen­nie.


Pukekohe po­lice have re­cov­ered items of prop­erty they are keen to re­turn to own­ers. Items in­clude an elec­tric chain­saw, a Tis­sot watch found in Pukekohe’s CBD, two rings left at a spa in Waiuku dur­ing Au­gust, and a Maori bone and green­stone neck­lace found at Mercer. Con­tact the Pukekohe Po­lice Sta­tion if you be­lieve these items to be yours.

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