Archive for the ‘Kids in Cars’ Category

Drunk driver kills his two cousins.

January 5, 2012 2 comments

Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana

20-year-old Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana has been charged with two counts of manslaughter after the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle.

Reihana was reported to have been racing another vehicle at the time. His cousins Merepeka Morehu-Clark, 14, and Brooklyn Morehu-Clark, 13, who were in the back seat of his car both died as a result of their injuries.

Reihana’s 2-year-old daughter was also present in the car (unrestrained) and fortunately sustained only minor injuries.

The girl’s mother Phillippa Morehu, 36, and 17-year-old Haki Davey have also been charged with their manslaughter.

While the reasons for the charges against Phillippa Morehu and Haki Davey have not been given, it is not difficult to conclude that they were the occupants of the vehicle that Reihana was racing.

Christmas Day manslaughter accused bailed.

A 20-year-old Auckland man charged with the manslaughter of his two cousins has been bailed after appearing in the Tauranga District Court this morning.

Brooklyn Morehu-Clark

Name suppression was lifted for Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana when he appeared briefly in the court on two counts of manslaughter over the Christmas Day deaths Tauranga teenagers Merepeka Morehu-Clark, 14, and Brooklyn Morehu-Clark, 13.

The sisters were killed in a crash in Welcome Bay on Christmas Day. Reihana has been jointly charged with a 17-year-old male and a 36-year-old female.

It is understood he was the driver of the car the sisters were passengers in and was overtaking another car at the time of the collision.

The teenagers, who were on their way to visit their grandmother’s grave when the accident happened, were not wearing seatbelts. He was remanded on bail to a court date at the end of the month.


Baby locked in car while dad in strip club.

April 14, 2010 5 comments

Wayne Schwamm, pictured in 1998

Baby allegedly left during strip club visit taken into care.

Appalled Child, Youth and Family workers have taken a one-year-old baby into care after his father left him unattended in a car while he watched strippers in a nearby Wellington bar. Children’s Commissioner John Angus says leaving a baby alone is an “extreme form of neglect”.

A passer-by noticed the child about 3am yesterday and contacted police, who arrived within seven minutes and broke a window of the locked car to rescue the baby. They took him to Wellington police station but he was later taken to Wellington Hospital by ambulance staff concerned about his breathing.

The father was found in the nearby Mermaid strip club, where he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for unrelated “minor” charges, Inspector Simon Perry said. “He was not being actively sought by the police (for the outstanding warrant) and he will appear on those charges when he goes to court.”

What a loser! Fortunately the baby slept through the incident, but where was the mother while this was happening? Full article here.