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A 21-year-old Te Kuiti man has been arrested
and charged with manslaughter in relation to the
hit-and-run death of Te Kuiti teen, Ocean Heke.
The arrest was made on Wednesday, three days
after the fatal incident on Main North Rd in Otoro-
hanga during the early hours of April 3.
The accused, who has interim name suppres-
sion, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on
Thursday where he was remanded on bail without
entering a plea.
He will reappear in the Hamilton High Court
on April 26.
An eyewitness says the driver of the car, believed
to have hit Ocean, later crashed through a fence at
the Freight Lines depot (about 200m from where
Ocean’s body was found) before fleeing the scene.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson of the
Hamilton CIB confirmed speed and alcohol were
contributing factors in the hit and run.
“Despite the arrest, we will continue to gather
information about the incident and would still like
to hear from anyone who has useful information,”
“I am grateful to the communities of Te Kuiti and
Otorohanga for supporting our inquiry and I hope
they continue to do so for this terrible tragedy.”
Police would like to hear from anyone who has
information about the fatality or who may have
witnessed any collisions on Main North Rd (SH3)
between 3am and 7am on April 3.
Information can be provided anonymously to
the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
POPPY Day stalls will be
popping up in Otorohanga and
Te Kuiti on Friday.
The annual Poppy Appeal
is the main source of funds
for the Returned & Services
Association’s (RSA) extensive
provision of support services
to war veterans and ex-service
Funds stay in the communi-
ties where they are raised.
Poppies were the first flowers
that grew in the battlefields of
Flanders in Belgium during
World War I (1914-1918) and
symbolise remembrance, hope
and sacrifices made.
The Poppy Day street collec-
tion is held each year on the
Friday before ANZAC Day.
Otorohanga organiser Sue
Day says 40 volunteers will
man stalls from 10am-3pm
outside Little Scissors, Peter
Burton’s, The Thirsty Weta and
Collectors will also call into
retail shops and other areas
around town from 9am.
Te Kuiti RSA Women’s Sec-
tion vice president Shirley
Pierce says a good team of vol-
unteers will be out with col-
lection boxes on the streets in
the CBD and visiting all busi-
There will be collection points
at Paper Plus, New World, Z
service station, Unichem, Su-
perValue, The Warehouse and
at the saleyards.
People can also make dona-
tions at collection boxes at the
Fat Pigeon (Piopio), Aria Club,
Curly’s Bar, Bosco Cafe, Te
Kuiti Hospital, Te Kuiti Medi-
cal Centre, Hillview Home and
It is said the poppy should
be worn on the right side at 11
o’clock to represent the elev-
enth hour of the eleventh day
of the eleventh month, the time
World War I formally ended.
The red of the poppy repre-
sents the blood of all those who
gave their lives, the black the
mourning of those whose loved
ones didn’t return home and the
green leaf represents new life
and future prosperity.
HEAVY traffic through Te Kuiti’s CBD will be
noticeably increased as roading contractors begin
work on Carroll St (SH3).
The roadworks, which began yesterday, are
scheduled to be completed on May 12.
Works include surface repairs between George
St and Awakino Rd.
Southbound traffic is being detoured off Carroll
St (SH3) during the day from Monday-Saturday via
Rora St, King St East, Taupiri St and Lawrence St.
Northbound traffic is being managed through
NZ Transport Agency regional performance
manager Karen Boyt says: “We are trying to keep
disruption to a minimum as we are able to put
detours in place.”
Major roadworks on Carroll St
Arrest made, but
HELP WANTED: Although a man has been arrested
and charged in relation to the hit and run death of
Ocean Heke, Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson
continues to urge anyone with any information about the
incident to come forward.
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