Crash victims improving

Family members injured when a van crashed off the Napier-Taupo road last week are all improving, a family spokesman says.

Baldev Raj, the brother-in-law of Jactar Singh who was critically injured in the van crash on Thursday, said the crash was the subject of a police investigation so the family would not make any further comment in relation to it.

"But it was not due to the driver falling asleep," he said in a statement this morning.

One of the children involved in the crash, a nine-year -old girl (Jaspreet) was now in a stable condition and had been moved to the children's ward, the statement said.

Raj said the family wanted to thank the public and the Sikh community for all their messages, prayers and support.

He asked for privacy so the extended family could focus on supporting family members in hospital.

Jactar was transferred to Christchurch Hospital for further treatment on Saturday. His six-month-old son, Manmeet, remained in a serious but stable condition in the high dependency unit.

Other victims, including Jactar's wife Sukhwinder Kaur and daughter Amureet, 8 were in stable conditions.

A family friend Satvir Singh has been transferred to Hutt Hospital for further treatment.