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“She was an accomplished member
of the school’s waka ama and ki-o -rahi
teams, was part of the senior leadership
groups of both codes and went to the na-
tionals for both.
“Many waka ama members have very
fond memories of her and are obviously
affected by the sad news of her death.
“There’s a lot of hurt and grief among
our young ones. Our year 13 students and
waka ama team peformed a karakia and
waiata in the hall for Ocean.
“Most of the students want to continue
with their studies and as a school we need
to proceed as normally as we can under
the circumstances. But we are also mind-
ful of the fact a number of students need
support and grief counselling.
“We have our school social worker on
hand to provide that support and a mem-
ber of the Ministry of Education response
team from Hamilton came yesterday to
Ms Price says she told the students at
Monday assembly there is emotional sup-
port from senior staff available for anyone
who needs it.
Support is also there for friends of
Ocean’s younger sister Tytan, who is a
year 10 student.
Ms Price described Ocean as a “kind,
thoughtful, loyal, caring person” – all
comments made by her teachers in her
end of year report in 2014.
“An astute student, when she was in
doubt about things she was never afraid
to ask. She was a hard-working, conscien-
tious student who loved sports.
“She was a pounamu, a gem, to us.”
Otorohanga mayor Max Baxter said
Ocean’s death was a “tragedy” for the
“It’s a hell of a tragic incident.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patter-
son of the Hamilton CIB says Miss Heke
was returned to her family yesterday.
“A forensic post mortem indicated she
sustained injuries consistent with being
hit by a motor vehicle,” he says.
“We have also identified a car that
appears to have been involved. This too
will undergo a forensic examination today
“We are currently speaking to two
young people who are helping us with our
inquiries in relation to that car and they
are both co-operating.”
At a media conference in Otorohanga
yesterday afternoon Mr Patterson told
reporters no arrests had yet been made.
“At this stage we are not seeking any
person in particular,” he said.
As for what caused Miss Heke’s death,
he said that is still being investigated.
“The serious crash unit investigators
carrying out the forensic mapping of the
scene will be able to give us more data in
relation to the scene at a later stage.
“That’s when we will have a better un-
derstanding of what may have been con-
tributing factors such as speed, weather
conditions and visibility.
“So where we’re at right now is talking
to people in the community and attempt-
ing to build a complete picture about what
Police would like to hear from anyone
who has information about the incident
or who may have witnessed any collisions
on Main North Rd (SH3) between 3am
and 7am on Sunday. Information can be
provided anonymously to the independent
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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