Karakia have been performed at Otara River at Ford St on 2 January 2021 following the tragic death of a whanau member in connection with a jet ski incident in the vicinity. Details have not been released by NZ Police and Hapu representatives remain concerned at the unclear circumstances which the coroner will investigate.
Ka arohanui to the whanau pani who have not been named at this time.
Advice is to refrain from activities on the Otara until the situation is clarified.
UPDATE: NZ Police at Opotiki station have confirmed no unusual circumstances and removal of deceased was without incident. Rahui karakia were completed following the nehu. Otara river is OPEN to normal activities. PLEASE KEEP SPEED BELOW 5 KNOTS WHEN NAVIGATING RIVERS AND THE HARBOUR IN POWERED CRAFT. [19/01/2021]