Council commended for fast action after fatality
Porirua City Council’s swift action to improve the safety of a Papakowhai walkway has been praised in the Coroner’s Inquiry into the death of Ariana Kokaua, who suffered a fatal neck injury when she fell from her bike in January last year.
Coroner I E Smith was satisfied with the positive actions taken by the council and offered no further recommendations.
The 10-year-old girl from Hamilton fell from her bike on a walkway near Cromarty Place when she came upon a series of steep steps.
Within weeks council installed signs advising of the steps, additional railing and a chicane.
It also applied anti- slip highvisibility paint to the steps and removed vegetation from the area.
The coroner said the council’s immediate action was to be commended.
Ariana’s fatal fall was the first safety- related accident known to have occurred on the pathway.
Council leisure assets and services manager Karen Stillwell had told the coroner the incident had taught council to take a different perspective – that of a visitor to the city – in its provision of recreational assets and the way they were used.