The Glebe Apartments. Photo / Mountain Scene
The 19-year-old Australian tourist who fell from a
Queenstown hotel balcony has died overnight.
The young man, named by Australian media as James Teague,
died in Dunedin Hospital about midnight, a hospital
The New South Wales man fell about 10m onto a concrete car
park at The Glebe Apartments in the early hours of Thursday
morning, Detective Matt Jones said.
He was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital.
Mr Teague had been staying with friends at the hotel, and had
been drinking alcohol before the incident.
The rugby fanatic was due to be watching the Waratahs take on
the Brumbies in Sydney last night, the Sydney Morning Herald
He had been with a group of friends who had been in New
Zealand for at least a week, on a skiing and skydiving
holiday in Queenstown.
Police said Mr Teague, from Paddington, had tried to climb
from a second-floor balcony to the rooftop just before he
Mr Teague's father, well-known eastern suburbs "society
psychiatrist" Robert Hampshire, and his mother flew to his
bedside, SMH reported.
Friends launched a social media campaign using the hashtag
#clapforjames, asking the Waratahs to pay tribute to the fan
before kick-off at Allianz Stadium, which resulted in a
"A big Tahs fan, 19-year-old James Teague had been looking
forward to being here tonight," the announcement said.
"Tragically he was involved in an accident earlier this week
and is now in a critical condition in hospital. Our thoughts
are with the Teague family. We wish James all the very, very
best for a full and speedy recovery."
A Waratahs spokeswoman said the club had been in touch with
the family, who were grateful for the pre-game tribute to
Best friend Gabby Richmond posted online that Mr Teague was
"the sunshine in all of our lives".
"You brightened every person's day who you met," she said. "I
will love you for the rest of my life . . . know how many
lives you changed just by being you."
Another posted that Mr Teague was a "beautiful soul taken too
Friend Matt Buxton posted that Mr Teague was a "rugby tragic
and a great mate to many".
He attended the Scots College in Bellevue Hill and was
studying at the University of Sydney.
In 2008, Invercargill electrician Shaun Hogan fell to his
death at The Glebe after gaining access to the courtyard and
climbing to the roof.
Queenstown construction worker Andy Pearson suffered chest
and pelvic injuries after he slipped and fell from the third
floor of The Glebe when it was being built in 2003.
Glebe Apartments manager Anne Henley said young people often
would drink to excess in the holiday town.
"These kids have got to stop drinking and climbing."
She did not know what could be done about the problem.
"You can't ban drinking, I've got no answer -- maybe it's
just the sheer number of people who are coming here now."
The group of friends Mr Teague was staying with were no
longer at the complex.
- By Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ