The young German man seriously
wounded in a shooting accident on a farm near Gisborne on
Christmas Eve has recovered and is now out of
Jonas Winkel was discharged from Auckland City Hospital last
The police inquiry into the shooting continues and Mr Winkel
was interviewed by detectives last week in Auckland.
The 23-year-old was hunting goats with two companions when he
was shot in the chest at close range with a .30-30 calibre
He was flown to Auckland Hospital on Christmas Day and had a
series of operations on the internal injuries the bullet
Mr Winkel worked for the last four months of 2013 as a
volunteer at Waiohika Estate, helping with preparations for
the Feast wine and food festival and the Rhythm & Vines
Police have reconstructed what the group were doing and what
led up to the firearm being discharged.
The accident occurred as the three hunters walked together
across a paddock.
"It was fairly flat terrain," said Detective Senior Sergeant
Mr Winkel's companions were interviewed the day after the
"We will be assessing the information gathered as part of the
"No decisions have been made yet on whether or not any
charges will be laid."
Mr Winkel is now living in another part of New Zealand and
his family have returned to Germany.
His parents arrived to be with their son in the days
following the accident.