The two tourists who died on Lake Tekapo yesterday have been named as Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner, 21, from New York, USA and James Robert Murphy, 20, from London, UK. Our deepest condolences are extended to the men’s family and friends for their loss.
Daniel and James were travelling with an exchange group from Monash University in Australia, visiting New Zealand during a mid-semester break.
Daniel and James’ deaths were the latest in a succession of tragedies to affect New Zealand’s adventure tourism industry, which in the past has come in for criticism for being poorly regulated and with lax safety standards.
The father of Emily Jordan, a British woman killed while river boarding, spearheaded a campaign with other bereaved families to get New Zealand to tighten up its standards. Emily’s father Chris wrote to Prime Minister Key calling safety regulation in New Zealand “third world“.
“A group of 200 international families have decided enough is enough and are campaigning for a tightening up of New Zealand’s perceived lax safety standards. This is probably a continuation of the campaign that was started in 2010 by the families of British tourists Emily Jordan, Sarah Bond and Tom Sewell .
There have also been other New Zealand deaths, not least the tragic deaths of student Catherine Peters, the 6 high school students and a teacher who died in a canyoning exercise with the Sir Edmund Hilary Outdoor Centre and the Kiwis who were killed in the Fox Glacier plane crash (9 dead) and the Carterton hot air balloon disaster (11 dead)…
The mother of Sarah Bond spoke about New Zealand’s “she’ll be right” attitude:
What underpins all of this is the lack of safety and lack of care out there,” said her mother, Elizabeth Bond. “It feels like ‘accidents happen’ is their mantra.”
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Both the Australian and British governments have advised their citizens about safety in New Zealand, but despite the warnings the deaths still continue.
For background to the Lake Tekapo tragedy read yesterday’s article:
Two More Adventure Tourism Deaths in NZ – Overseas Tourists Die in Kayaking Expedition on Lake Tekapo
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