French tramper found off track in Pureroa Forest

Louise Sisiaja along with rescuers Senior Sergeant Barry Shepherd and Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Pilot Nat Every.
MATT SHAND/FAIRFAX NZ

Louise Sisiaja along with rescuers Senior Sergeant Barry Shepherd and Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Pilot Nat Every.

A french hiker who spent the night in a Taupo forest after becoming lost says there were times she thought she was going to die.

"I'm just happy to be here and out of the bush," ​ French tramper Louise Sisiaja said upon stepping out of the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter after spending a cold night in the Pureroa Forest.

"I did have times where I would panic and think I would die but I was able to get myself together and keep calm."

Taupo Landsar rescue a French hiker Louise Sisiaja who got lost in the Pureroa Forest on Tuesday.
NZ Police

Taupo Landsar rescue a French hiker Louise Sisiaja who got lost in the Pureroa Forest on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old was walking the Pureroa Forest Park tramping trails on Monday when she became lost as she took a detour around obstructions on the trails. 

 

"I thought I knew where the track was going and thought I could find my way."

Rescuer prepare Louise Sisiaja for the lift into the rescue chopper.
NZ Police

Rescuer prepare Louise Sisiaja for the lift into the rescue chopper.

It soon became clear to Sisiaja that she no longer had her bearings. 

"I was beginning to be angry with myself about 'why didn't you just look better and be careful'.

Now well off the trail, Sisiaja called 111 for help at 3pm on Monday. 

Louise Sisiaja is airlifted out of the forest after getting lost.
NZ Police

Louise Sisiaja is airlifted out of the forest after getting lost.

"I got through to police but the phone had pretty bad reception. I called back often and think I spoke to everyone at the emergency centre. 

Ad Feedback

"At 8pm they did tell me they had people in the area looking for me."

Three land search and rescue teams, one from Taupo, Turangi and Hamilton, were deployed to the area in the hopes of finding Sisiaja. 

While they were able to find some trails, they had no luck finding her that evening and called off the search about 2am. 

"As I am a backpacker I did not have a tent," she said. 

"I did have a sleeping bag and three survival blankets. I put one of the survival blankets inside the sleeping and and two around me.

"Even with that it was very, very cold. I only slept one hour."

Sisiaja said she was able to keep calm through the night, because she knew people were out looking for her and she had plenty of food still packed for the hike. 

"The next morning I decided to move to find better reception. I went to a place where there was a river and managed to put in a call.

"They said to stay where I was and they would come find me."

About 15 or 30 minutes later they arrived.

"Then I heard someone shout, 'Louise we're coming to find you' and I was relieved."

Sisiaja was long-lined up to the waiting rescue helicopter and was eager to get out to safety. 

"I am just so amazed at the rescue team and all the work they did. It makes me feel good to know in New Zealand there are people to help you if you get into trouble and it is all free. I would happily of paid to be rescued."

Sisiaja said she has learned much from her ordeal and said all trampers should invest in a personal locater beacon or a GPS system to make things easier for rescuers. 

Taupo Senior Sergeant Barry Shepherd praised the efforts of the volunteer rescuers in their search for Sisiaja. 

"There was a lot of experience displayed by the volunteers," he said. 

"It was a long night for them but they all did great."

 - Stuff

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

'Business as usual' soon video

Tanker HMNZS Endeavour is back on standby because of Auckland's ground fuel re-supply efforts, Judith Collins said.

Energy Minister Judith Collins says Auckland airport's fuel crisis is coming to end.

Connecting through memories

Year 5 Albany Primary School pupil Yash Arora, 10, said the game was fun for residents and students.

Albany Primary pupils are taking part in a programme to form connections with older adults with dementia.

Te Papa to go fully solar

The Age
News
04/04/2013
picture Justin McManus.
Hoppers Crossing has the highest number of Solar Panel instillation in ...

Wellington museum plans to power itself entirely by sunlight within a decade.

Waiting for help

Ten per cent of children between 0 and 19 are made to wait more than two months for mental health support across New ...

One in 10 young people in NZ seeking mental health help will be on a waiting list for more than two months.

Wellington

Parties for the nearly departed video

Ken Turner and partner Sarah Angus.
Ken has terminal cancer and held a "living wake" for family and friends last weekend.

"Living wakes" have become a final festivity of life in the face of death.

Fire victim's protest

A cordon was put up outside Parliament after the man set himself alight.

Man who died after setting himself alight had been in dispute with Family Court.

Road projects hit Kāpiti housing

John and Julianne O'Kane watch their former family home in Paraparaumu being carted off to make way for the expressway ...

Market not delivering what community needs, taskforce tells council.

How the sevens were lost

In total, less than 18,000 spectators attended the Wellington Sevens across both days - the stadium's capacity is 32,500.

Organisers were in losing battle for an event Wellington had fallen out of love with, emails show.

Canterbury

New shops and foodcourt planned

A new foodcourt and seating areas for diners will be added at the southern end of Northlands mall.

Christchurch's Northlands Mall is planning to embark on another extension.

Fire coms broke down

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says more regular updates were needed from the Selwyn District Council during ...

Selwyn council didn't update Chch mayor's office for nearly eight hours during Port Hills fires.

No charges over fatal crash

Christchurch man Bruce Imrie says it is a "big relief" not to be charged over the crash that killed his wife.

Tough five months for man who "blanked out" moments before a crash that killed his wife.

Upset at noisy basketball court video

The court is about 30 metres from the nearest property.

A Christchurch woman claims the constant thumping of basketballs from a nearby half-court is turning her into a wreck.

Waikato

Footbridge a priority

A footbridge across the Waikato River could connect central Hamilton to Parana Park and Memorial Park. Pictured is an ...

There's a push for more work on plans for a pedestrian bridge to link central Hamilton and Parana Park.

Tyre pile warning

Waikato Regional Councillor Kathy White said used tyres need to be made a priority under the Waste Minimisation Act.

Industry insiders say they're shocked at a tyre stockpile growing by "thousands" each day.

Mack cheats death, again video

Sharla Pearce was terrified her dog would die after falling down a Waikato River bank. Fire rescue came and rescued Mack ...

After surviving death row, a "goofball" pooch found himself in another spot of trouble.

Killer highway's $6m salve

Two people were killed on SH3 between 2005 and 2014.

Rumble strips, side barriers and intersection improvements on the way for SH3.

Taranaki

Unlocking dementia's secrets video

11092017 News Photo ANDY JACKSON/STUFF.  The Ticking Timebomb, a series looking at the rising issues of alzheimers ...

Dementia has a terrible effect on many Kiwi lives, and the situation will get worse. 

Sir Richard's award

Sir Richard Faull holds up his "second brain", as he explained to the students at New Plymouth Boys' High that they were ...

"If you're a plumber, be the best plumber in the world, if you're a jet pilot, be the best jet pilot in the world."

Armed cops in street

Firefighters don hazmat suits at the scene on Turakina St.

Officers who entered a suspected clandestine lab have been put through a decontamination shower.

Justice 'not being seen'

A Taranaki lawyer claims his legally blind client's access to justice is under threat because the man can't get his ...

Lawyer argues legally blind client's "access to justice" at risk because no-one is helping him to get new glasses.

Manawatu

Welcome to town: Colyton video

Dairy cows and cattle make up a good portion of the Colyton population.

The small settlement isn't a dream destination for tourists, but it keeps good time.

Teachers investigated

One teacher has been struck off and two others are under investigation after behaving inappropriately towards students. ...

One teacher struck off and two others investigated for inappropriate relationships with students.

Turbos surge late to beat Northland

Manawatū's Newton Tudreu races in for his intercept try in the first half.

Manawatū Turbos turn on a strong finish to beat Northland 39-25.

Right but wrong

Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing over his email snooping.

OPINION: Horowhenua council officials refuse to admit fault - then change their snooping practices.

Nelson

Makos legend back in the fold

Robbie Malneek last played for the Tasman Makos during the 2015 Mitre 10 Cup season.

Robbie Malneek, the only player to reach 100 caps for the Tasman Makos, has been handed an unlikely recall.

Car-free summer

Kerry and Garry Ford of Ford's restaurant and bar in upper Trafalgar Street, which will become a pedestrian zone over ...

The top of Nelson's Trafalgar St is going to be traffic free for four months this summer.

New SHAs approved

12072017 NEWS PHOTO MARTIN DERUYTER/ STUFF

The former Green Grocer Store on the corner of Grove St and Tasman St in The ...

Seven new SHAs approved by the Nelson City Council including a tiny house project.

Bugged by litter bugs

Ali Lawley and her son Charlie Calderbank, aged 10, on Franklyn St next to Nelson College.

Braemar Eco village residents want littering outside Nelson College to stop

Marlborough

Environment judge called in

Leachate run-off and ponding from grape marc dump sites in Marlborough. (File pic)

A prominent winemaker and a new company he is linked to - dubbed the "complete solution" to grape marc - are to be dealt with by the Environment Court.

'Stupid thing to do'

Blenheim District Court.

A man has admitted shooting out a window at the health hub in the central business district.

Leap in rateable values

New capital values across Marlborough show a big increase for Picton properties. (File pic)

Some properties have seen their capital value incease by a whopping 28 per cent.

Whale carcass washes ashore gallery video

A blue whale carcass washed ashore at Glenburn Station in Wairarapa on Wednesday.

A blue whale suspected to be the same one spotted dead in the water near d'Urville Island has washed ashore.

South Canterbury

Hydro 'dangerous'

Timaru's Hydro Grand Hotel has been assessed as being a dangerous building likely to cause injury or death.

Damning report says Hydro Grand is dangerous, likely to cause injury or death.

Time to spring forward

Butcher Jim Bower's early mornings will be even darker and busier when Daylight Saving kicks in on Sunday.

Dust off the barbecue, it's time for long evenings as Daylight Savings starts.

Gully change approved

An aerial view of Broughs Gully, in the Timaru suburb of Oceanview.

The Brough's Gully site could yield at least 180 sections if the decision survives appeal.

Timaru's next tourism attraction?

In May a High Court Judge ruled the Rangatira be sold to pay off more than $170,000 owed to PrimePort.

Fisherman hopes community will save ship with Hollywood connection from the scrap heap.

Otago

Woman rescued, police thank app

A Christchurch woman was found on Ben Lomond, near Queenstown, about 12am on Friday.

A Christchurch woman was rescued from a Queenstown mountain after her husband tracked her location through a phone app.

Eyes to the sky in Alexandra

Neil Sutherland, who lives at the Alexandra Airport at his hanger, will be displaying his home-built plane at the Wings ...

It's not every day planes down the main street of Alexandra.

Budding booze baron busted

Richard Gray in the Dunedin District Court

A Dunedin man says he feels better after he was busted for selling home brew to two teens who later ended up in hospital.

Six-figure golden handshake

Aurora Energy boss Grady Cameron's exit package means he will make nearly $1 million in a year.

Otago lines company boss's 'excessive' exit package means he'll make nearly $1m this year.

Southland

Prendergast wants dialogue before ministerial review

John Prendergast, former chief executive of the Community Trust of Southland.

"An independent set of eyes transparently reviewing and reporting publicly on this matter would be very beneficial ..."

Where is Amber-Lee?

Amber-Lee Cruickshank, pictured age one, went missing on October 17, 1992.

Police travelled to Australia looking for answers about what happened to toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank 25 years ago.

Fighting for those who can't

Southland Boys's High School student  Malachi Agnew, 12, in front, has organised students at his school to have a mufti ...

When Malachi Agnew is rasing money he's trying to save the lives of his mates.

Ballet etiquette 101

I've seen Romeo and Juliet, I don't need the story narrated to me.

OPINION: I love a trip to the ballet but not when the person behind me can't stop talking.

Ad Feedback