60-year-old Takaka man killed in house bus crash near Waiau was a 'great' friend

Scott William Mieras, 60, loved his daughters - Amelia Mieras, left, and Sophie Cooney, right - "so much", a friend says.
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Scott William Mieras, 60, loved his daughters - Amelia Mieras, left, and Sophie Cooney, right - "so much", a friend says.

The man killed in a house bus crash in North Canterbury has been remembered as an honest and "very warm" person who helped many.

Scott William Mieras, of Takaka in the Tasman district, died when he crashed into the Waiau River about 7.45pm on Friday.

The 60-year-old ran Aotearoa Acupuncture and Tools4Healing, which offers acupuncture, holistic health treatments, and traditional oriental medicine.

Mieras died in a bus crash near Waiau, in North Canterbury, on Friday.
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Mieras died in a bus crash near Waiau, in North Canterbury, on Friday.

Mieras, who was originally from the United States, had two adult daughters – Amelia Mieras, 29, and Sophie Cooney, 33 – and two grandchildren – 3-year-old Sienna and 8-month old Hazel Cooney – who also lived in New Zealand.

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In a statement, his daughters wrote it had "always been clear how much [he] loved us".

The crash happened at the Waiau River, as Mieras was travelling from Waiau west towards Rotherham.
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The crash happened at the Waiau River, as Mieras was travelling from Waiau west towards Rotherham.

"Thank you for all the adventures we shared together and the knowledge that you have passed on to us," they said.

"You are such a gentle soul and we now pray for your eternal peace. The thought that you will remain forever close to us as your daughters is something we will always cherish."

Friend Kelcey Chandler, who had known Mieras since they were neighbours in 2006, said he had recently bought the bus.

"The circumstances of his death are so sad in part because he could not afford to buy his own home and finally decided to buy a house bus to refit and make home. It was this bus that he was in when he died."

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He was a "lovely man who brought together our community", she said.

"He was the one people called if they needed something or had something on offer. He was always up for an honest discussion."

He loved his daughters "so much", enjoyed being a grandfather and was a good friend "for so many".

"He suffered from the debilitating effects of rheumatoid arthritis, which he kept at bay via diet and acupuncture and shared his knowledge freely," Chandler said. 

Another friend, Brendon Gardiner, said he was "feeling lost" after learning of Mieras' death.

"I'm very grateful to have had him as a friend and the honesty we shared together was uplifting and very rare."​

Mieras was a "very warm man" who would be "forever missed", Gardiner said.

"[He] also fixed my broken soul . . . He gave me peace and helped developed my understanding to let let go. We made each other laugh and cry."

Sergeant Colin Stewart earlier said the sole occupant of the bus was travelling from Waiau to Rotherham when it smashed through the railings of a bridge.

The bus landed in a shallow area of the river. No other vehicles appeared to be involved.

In a statement on Sunday, police said inquiries into the circumstances of the crash were ongoing.

 - Stuff

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