A Christmas tragedy has struck a Whakatu family after a
42-year-old woman was flown to Middlemore Hospital with
She was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital in a critical condition
and then flown to Auckland.
Emergency services were called to a rear section in
Buckingham St at 7.10pm on Christmas Day.
A neighbour told Hawke's Bay Today the couple lived at the
house with their four daughters.
Hawke's Bay CIB's Dave de Lange said in a statement the
burned woman's 49-year-old partner was also taken to hospital
with burn injuries to his hands and arms.
"At this stage police have not been able to speak to this
couple so will be carrying out a scene examination at the
Whakatu address and speaking with people who contacted
emergency services regarding this event to begin to establish
what happened," he said.
A St John Ambulance spokesperson said they were called to the
address after a 111 call.
"They rang and said they needed an ambulance and just hung
Mr de Lange told Hawke's Bay Today that police had not yet
determined what the woman was doing at the time she was
He said CIB were involved because her injuries had the
potential to cause death.
- By Patrick O'Sullivan of Hawke's Bay Today