Crash victims named - young girl the only survivor

The scene of the fatal crash near Kaikōura. Photo: Supplied
The scene of the fatal crash near Kaikōura. Photo: Supplied
A couple and their two teenage daughters who died in a horror crash near Kaikōura have been named.

Their 11-year-old daughter - the youngest in the vehicle that day - remains in hospital where she has been fighting for her life since the crash on Friday afternoon.

The victims have been identified as Adanan bin Jeman, 49, his wife Dr Rumihati binti Abd Hamid, also 49, Nur Irfan binti Adanan, 15, and Nur Aaleeyah Maisarah binti Adanan, just 13 years old.

It is understood 15-year-old Nur Irfan died in Christchurch Hospital after being rushed there shortly after the crash. She had initially been put on life support.

The couple's 11-year-old daughter, Nur Anifah Bahiyah binti Adanan, remains in Wellington Hospital.

Members of the Malaysian community are now rallying to support the family and the youngest victim still in hospital.

"We pray for strength for the family and friends who are going through this period of grief and bereavement," a statement from the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington said.

"We will continue to extend consular assistance to the family of the victims who are now in Christchurch and Wellington."

Malaysian media reported that the family had only been in the country for a few days before the crash.


A relative told the New Strait Times publication that they had arrived in New Zealand on Monday, December 2.

The relative told the paper they understood the group had planned to visit one of the Christchurch mosques that were targeted earlier this year.

As a result, the extended family was hoping their relatives could be laid to rest in Christchurch.

"We will request that they be buried there...that is why we agreed for them to be buried there as they did not manage to see the place."

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