Coun­cil com­mended for fast ac­tion af­ter fatal­ity

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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.

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