Motueka mo­tor­bike crash vic­tim a ‘lovely guy’

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - KATY JONES

Tributes have been paid to Motueka teenager, Thomas Ar­mit, who died on Mon­day morn­ing while driv­ing to work.

Ar­mit, 19, was trav­el­ling along Thorp St to his job at Tal­leys at Port Motueka, when the mo­tor­cy­cle he was on col­lided with a car at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gle­naven Drive just be­fore 6am.

It’s un­der­stood the driver of the car had trav­elled to his own place of work, but had for­got­ten some­thing, and was re­turn­ing home when the crash hap­pened.

The driver’s in­juries were not thought to be se­ri­ous.

Ar­mit was work­ing six days a week for the agribusi­ness com­pany, Tal­leys Group Ltd, as a mus­sel opener.

‘‘Thomas was a lovely guy who was well liked by both his peers and su­per­vi­sors,’’ spokesman Nathan Howes said.

‘‘We were shocked and sad­dened to learn of the tragedy on Mon­day and our sin­cere con­do­lences are with Thomas’ friends and fam­ily at this time.’’

Ar­mit had left Motueka High School at the end of last year.

Prin­ci­pal John Prestidge said the school was deeply sad­dened and shocked by his death.

‘‘Thomas was a stu­dent pop­u­lar with stu­dents and staff. Quiet and ca­pa­ble, he per­formed par­tic­u­larly well in PE and was a re­li­able, pos­i­tive and po­lite young man.

‘‘The tragedy of his loss is huge given that he was a young man keen on tak­ing the leap from school into the adult world of work and in­de­pen­dence and he was cer­tainly tak­ing on that chal­lenge.

‘‘His fam­ily re­main lov­ing and sup­port­ive of him and our thoughts are very much with them and Thomas’ friends, and the many peo­ple whose lives he touched.

‘‘We are proud to have had Thomas with us and will re­mem­ber him with love.’’

Ar­mit had been a teacher at lo­cal karate school, Motueka Seido Karate. Spokes­woman Donna Bradley said she had re­ceived calls from mem­bers of other karate schools around New Zealand, shar­ing their con­do­lences and con­cern. ‘‘He was re­ally skilled, awe­some to watch.’’

Ar­mit and his younger brother had gained their black belt three years ago, and he had had a good rap­port with ev­ery­one who at­tended, she said.

Thomas’ funeral will be held on Mon­day at the Motueka Recre­ation Cen­tre. Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MARTIN DE RUYTER/ NEL­SON MAIL

Crash vic­tim Thomas Ar­mit, pic­tured with his girl­friend Te­ne­sha Gib­bins in a photo left at the scene.

Port Nel­son has taken out an­other award for its QuayCon­nect ser­vice.

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