FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

It’s heart­break­ing to read about the two teenagers who died in the Waita¯ kere Ranges.

School friends Mitch Wool­ley and Sosi Tura­gaiviu were swept away after try­ing to cross a swollen river over the week­end.

The friends were just 17-year­sold.

Sosi was from Massey and Mitch was from Waita¯ kere.

The par­ents of Mitch say he was taken ‘‘at a time when the world was just open­ing up to him’’.

A tragedy like this shakes our com­mu­nity and our schools.

I am sure these teens would have touched many lives through their love of sport.

Their death re­minds me that al­though the Waita¯ kere Ranges is an in­cred­i­ble play­ground to ex­plore, it can also be ex­tremely un­for­giv­ing.

Our west coast beaches un­for­tu­nately take too many lives.

And now flash flood­ing causes the death of two teenagers.

My heart goes out to the fam­ily and friends of Mitch and Sosi. Marika Hill

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