Southern teen dies after riding off cliff

Last updated 13:27 27/12/2012
Rowan Parker
SUPPLIED
Owaka teenager Rowan Parker.

Relevant offers

National News

Baltimore judges dismisses motion to drop charges in Freddie Gray death Rebekah Brooks returns to her old job at News Corp after phone hacking scandal Thai police closer to cracking Bangkok bomb case New Lewis Road Creamery flavours a hit in South Island Ministry of Education intervenes at troubled Te Tipua School Migrant chaos at Budapest train station Hunt for men who tried to lure Havelock North schoolgirl in to car Car recovered in Matamata home invasion Flu season: How bad was it? Banter billboards stoke 'great rivalry' between provinces in NPC stunt

A small South Otago community is in mourning after a teen described as a "fabulous role model" was killed in a quad bike crash.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan Parker died after riding his four-wheel motorbike off a cliff at a farm in Marks Bay, near Chaslands, last night.

Catlins Area School principal Alex McCreadie said Rowan had been announced as next year's Head Boy at the school's end-of-term prizegiving.

''He was pleased as punch ... over the moon,'' McCreadie said.

''He was a fabulous role model.''

Rowan was a superb athelete across many different sports, an excellent actor who had played the lead role in school productions, and a kapa haka leader, he said.

He was also head of the school's Nora house, and would turn up to every school event dressed in its blue colours, McCreadie said.

The Parker family and the Owaka community had been devastated by Rowan's death, he said.

''My son was also friends with him ... he is going to be very sorely missed. A big gap to fill.''

Police said the teen was driving with friends along a coastal track when he lost control of his bike and went over the cliff edge. He plummeted 150 meters on to rocks below.

Police inquires were continuing and the bike would be recovered by helicopter from the scene today.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content