The tenants of a house slammed into by a stolen car driven by a 16-year-old are to be re-homed in Mangere by Housing New Zealand.
The teenage driver died this morning, and two other occupants of the car were seriously injured, when the vehicle struck the house in Otara, South Auckland.
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The bedroom in which Samisoni Tike, his partner and their 5-year-old daughter slept, partially collapsed when the car ploughed into it.
The car was left wedged under the house on the corner of Alexander Cres and Franklyne Rd.
Tike said it was lucky the house was empty at the time, about 4.20am.
He worked night shifts and his partner and daughter didn't feel safe alone in the house at night so they stayed with family in Otahuhu.
''I wasn't worried much because I knew no one was here,'' he said.
''When I heard the news I was thinking about whoever was involved in the crash and their families.''
Counties Manakau East police area commander Inspector Vitale Lafaele said speed was a factor in the crash.
Alerted by the crash noise a neighbour helped one of the injured passenger get free.
"It was this loud noise like an aeroplane was flying close to the house, then it stopped. That must have been when it crashed. Then I heard screaming," said neighbour Katai Liu, 18, who was watching TV.
"I heard the other fellas screaming out 'gasoline', and I ran out and put a bucket of water on the car," he said.
He then proceeded to help one of the passengers from the vehicle.
"One of his legs was stuck, I grabbed one of his legs and pulled him out," he said.
Tike had been unhappy in the wrecked home and had previously asked Housing New Zealand, which owned the property, if the family could be transferred to another home.
Young people drinking and making noise late at night were a concern and the fence was also damaged in a minor car accident last year, he said.
Corporation spokeswoman Amanda Binns said housing requests were placed on a waiting list and assessed according to urgency.
The formal reason Tike had given for a transferral was to be closer to work, she said.
''Based on the info that he had provided, there were other people with greater needs than he had.''
Tike and his family would now move to a three-bedroom property in Mangere, although it might be some time before anyone could enter the Otara house to retrieve their belongings.
The new house was a ''really nice place'' and one they're happy to move to, he said.
''It's a really good house in a good neighbourhood. It's perfect for my daughter.''
Housing New Zealand regional manager Denise Fink said 24-hour security was now in place at the Otara house and a structural engineer would undertake a full assessment.
Another tenant had been affected by the crash and the corporation was working with her support people in relation to where she wanted to live, Fink said.
HIGH ROAD TOLL
It was the third fatality on the roads today.
A man was killed just south of Warkworth at 3am after his car hit a tree on State Highway 1.
The highway was closed between Warkworth and Silverdale for about four hours.
The man, thought to be in his 20s, was heading north in a Honda sedan when his car left the road at Valerie Close and hit a tree, ripping the vehicle in half, firefighters say.
The road was wet at the time and the man died at the scene, Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade spokesman Devan Flewellyn said.
Police say no other vehicles were involved.
The road was closed till around 7am with north-bound traffic diverted at Silverdale onto SH16 and south-bound traffic directed from Woodcocks Rd in Warkworth onto SH16.
Further north, at least one man has died after a two-car collision in Whangarei.
The accident happened on State Highway 1 at Kensington in central Whangarei. The highway was closed and traffic was being diverted onto Kamo Rd - causing a traffic jam many kilometres long for south-bound traffic.
A kaumatua was asked to bless the scene of the fatality.
Police said the road was expected to be closed for some time and they asked drivers to avoid the area.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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