Zak’s loss is not a lesson to others
Dear Colin Price,
Although you may not have meant any offence to anyone with your message about the lessons we can learn from the passing of Zak, Zak to many of us was a very close friend and from this tragedy we have learnt.
Many of us that were close to Zak have found your letter in the Chronicle very inappropriate as we already know the consequences of what happened.
It is hard to say that all of us have not crossed the railway one time or another throughout our lives as it runs right through our town and the crossings are very distant and inconvenient when we want to get somewhere.
What happened to Zak was a complete accident and this same thing could have happened while crossing the road.
The risk while crossing a road is a lot higher than crossing a railway as there are many more vehicles.
Still, everyday people cross the roads, taking that risk.
Zak in no way crossed the tracks to harm his life, he was simply getting from one place to another the most convenient way possible.
We all understand what you are saying and yes we do know the dangers and mistakes.
But the loss of a very close friend that we all loved very much was enough for a lot of us and many others who didn’t know Zak.
What we don’t understand is why someone who doesn’t know Zak thinks that they need to explain to everyone what we should take from this.
Zak is a wonderful person with an amazing smile and personality.
He will be truly missed and never forgotten and finally, may he rest in peace and not be used as an example of what not to do.
Last week the Matamata Chronicle published a letter to the editor from resident Colin Price about the tragic passing of Zak Lang. As a result, correspondence was received expressing disappointment in not only the opinions within the letter but also questioning the paper’s decision to run it. We got it wrong.
The Matamata Chronicle would like to sincerely apologise to all those who found the publication of Mr Price’s letter offensive and disrespectful. That was never the intention.
This was a tragic accident that has deeply affected the Matamata community. As such, no further correspondence will be accepted in regards to this issue.