MP tried in vain to save shot woman

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston spent 40 min­utes try­ing to keep a shot camper alive near Tu­rangi.

Mrs Up­ston was on pa­trol with po­lice in Tu­rangi on Fri­day night to see at first hand the harm caused by al­co­hol when they were called to the shoot­ing of Lower Hutt teacher Rose­mary Ives, 25, about 11pm.

Ms Ives was stand­ing next to her part­ner, Adam Hyn­d­man, brush­ing her teeth at the Kaimanawa camp­site south of Tu­rangi when she was killed.

Mrs Up­ston said when she ar­rived with po­lice they found Mr Hyn­d­man giv­ing mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion while a fe­male camper did chest com­pres­sions.

Mrs Up­ston took over the com­pres­sions, shar­ing the role with the other woman for 40 min­utes un­til paramedics.

‘‘You don’t think, ‘Will I or won’t I?’, you just get in there and do what needs to be done,’’ she said. ‘‘All of us wanted to do our ab­so­lute best to pull [Ms Ives] through. Un­for­tu­nately, her in­juries were sub­stan­tial and what we did do was prob­a­bly never go­ing to be enough.’’ She kept think­ing about how Mr Hyn­d­man must be feel­ing, stay­ing by his side af­ter Ms Ives was con­firmed dead. She re­mained with him at Taupo po­lice sta­tion un­til 8am.

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