BREAKING NEWS
Tsunami alert after magnitude 7.6 quake hits near PNG ... More soon
Close

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

Singapore comes together for Lee Kuan Yew funeral St Bede's duo miss out on rowing nationals Deadly danger on Hobbit highway Two bodies found at collapsed US buildings Air Canada flight slides off runway in Halifax Australian tourist survives lion attack while on African safari Psychological evaluations of pilots: a question and answer Millmow: New Zealand fall short on the big stage but Australia worthy champions Michael Clarke 'did not see any send-offs' of New Zealand batsmen in World Cup final Brendon McCullum may quit ODIs to focus on test cricket in wake of World Cup final loss

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