MP tried in vain to save shot woman
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.