Kingi Te Ao Reneti had been on on his way to play at
Mountfort Park with his sister.
The family of a young boy killed on his way to a park
after being struck by a car are upset Housing New Zealand dug
up their front lawn, leaving their children without anywhere
safe to play.
Kingi Te Ao Reneti, 4, was flung several metres after being
hit by the car in Sykes Rd, Weymouth, about 12.40pm
Onlookers tried to resuscitate the critically injured boy. He
was taken to Middlemore Hospital by ambulance but died soon
Kingi, one of 13 siblings, had been on on his way to play at
Mountfort Park with his 8-year-old sister Huhana, his uncle,
Weko Whetu, said.
Whetu, who arrived at the scene just after the crash, said
the family was concerned about kids crossing the road to
reach the park, after Housing New Zealand dug up the front
lawn of the house where Reneti lived with his parents, Remana
Reneti and Kuini Baker.
"The kids have nowhere else to play," Whetu said.
"I'm angry. If this [pile of dirt] wasn't here or if they'd
hurried up, maybe this wouldn't have happened. It was a risk
and look what happened."
Whetu said Housing New Zealand was making room for another
house on the section where the family lived and the front
lawn had been dug up to make way for a car park.
Housing New Zealand regional manager tenancy services Denise
Fink said: "We were very shocked and saddened to hear about
the incident. We don't have a lot of information at this
stage and are still trying to find out more about what has
Whetu said he noticed the driver of the car that hit Kingi
crying at the scene.
Police cordoned off Sykes Rd and were conducting a scene
investigation. Two cars were marked. One was a white Toyota
A yellow cap and boot were also marked on the road outside
the property. Whetu said from the markings, it looked like
Reneti was flung 4m when the car hit him.
The Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit is investigating the
fatality. A police spokeswoman said the driver was
co-operating with the police.
Meanwhile, an elderly man died after falling 6m down a lift
shaft at his clifftop East Auckland home yesterday.
Wiebe Ettema, 87, had been trying to fix the lift but fell
after prying open the doors of the lift at his home in
Stevenson Way, Cockle Bay.
His wife, Tineka Ettema, 86, called emergency services about
11.35am, after finding him lying at the bottom of the shaft.
St Johns South Auckland shift supervisor Ian Rex said, "The
gentleman tried to open the lift door and fell in when he
opened the door. He subsequently died."
Rex said the death did not appear to have been medically
Police Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Kerr said Tineka Ettema
was being supported by Victim Support and next of kin were
The family had asked for privacy.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the Ettemas
were friendly but kept to themselves.
"We don't know them well. We saw them yesterday. They were
having tree work done. They were very nice," she said.
The death has been referred to the coroner.