What you missed at the weekend

20:00, Aug 17 2014

Two ski-related incidents and a paragliding accident occurred at the weekend, with one crash near Wanaka resulting in a fatality. 

A group of keen heli-skiers from an Auckland church and their pilot crashed on Mt Alta on Saturday. It was believed the helicopter clipped the mountain. Jerome Box, 52, of Grey Lynn, died, and five of his group were injured. Box was described as an amazing guy who lived life "at the top throttle". An investigation into what went wrong has been launched. 

A teenage girl broke her leg on a back country ski field and had to wait "some time" to be rescued by helicopter due to the Wanaka crash and other events happening. 

And a paraglider had to be winched to safety after he crashed into a rock face. Horrified Gondola passengers witnessed the crash, and phoned emergency services.  It is believed his glider failed shortly after take off.

The sacrifices Filipino rebuild workers make to support their families back home was highlighted in a moving story by Lana Hart, who visited one worker's family in the Philippines. 

And finally, outspoken economist Eric Crampton, explained why he was leaving Christchurch for a job in Wellington and eloquently expressed his thoughts on the rebuild and the future of the city. 


The Press