The bodies of three members of a Tauranga school group killed
in a bus crash in Kenya are expected to arrive home today.
Nineteen-year-old Caitlin Dickson and couple Brian and Grace
Johnston died last week when the minivan they were travelling
in rolled into a ditch during a Bethlehem College mission
College principal Eoin Crosbie said their bodies were
expected to arrive in New Zealand today and separate funeral
services at the college were scheduled to take place for Ms
Dickson on Thursday and for the Johnstons on Saturday.
There would also be a vigil for the victims at the school on
Wednesday to help students, staff and family members with the
"It's a difficult position but we'll work through that. We've
obviously got a whole community that's grieving and the
funerals obviously will assist with that, but as students
come back [to school after their holidays] we've got a chapel
set aside as a place where they can go and we'll just talk to
them and support them and work through it," Mr Crosbie told
Newstalk ZB .
"Life's got to go on so you just get on with the business and
support people as you do it."
College board of trustees chairman Greg Hollister-Jones said
a memorial was held at the Bethlehem Farmers Market on
Saturday morning and there had been a steady flow of mourners
through a vigil at the college chapel.
The 12 students and staff who were taken to hospital or
received medical treatment have been moved to Nairobi
Hospital, with injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones.
Five students and staff who were not in the minivan had been
cleared to leave and were travelling back with their
families, said Mr Hollister-Jones.
They were expected to speak at a press conference at the
college before the vigil on Wednesday.
A second group would be leaving a few days after, while one
student, Aneka Jones, would probably stay behind in hospital
after suffering a dislocated hip and fractured pelvis in the
Mr Hollister-Jones said her parents had flown over to support
The driver of the minibus and inspirational figure in the
college project to build the Ark Quest Education Centre,
Nairobi lecturer Christopher Mmata, was also killed.
- Jamie Morton of the New Zealand Herald and APNZ