Kia ora whanau,
I will be updating you as information comes to hand. We are working alongside the police to make sure we have the latest information. What we know so far is that most people suffered only some bumps and bruises, but three of our whanau have suffered moderate to serious injuries.
We have compiled a list of who was on board the bus and have ascertained which of the two hospitals – Palmerston North and Whanganui – they are at. Thirteen are at Whanganui and are all OK. Six are at Palmerston North and we are still waiting for some results from tests. Those who have been checked at hospital and discharged are in accommodation in Whanganui for the night.
Our Maori team will be checking on them in hospital, and we will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything. We are keeping everyone together where possible. Our priority is our whanau, those who were injured and those who are helping with transport, food, accommodation and any other needs. We have a team coordinating from Palmerston North, another team coordinating from Wanganui, and another team coordinating from Tauranga.
Please contact Emily on 021495627 if you are worried and looking for more information. We ask that you keep all of our whanau in your prayers tonight.
2 August 2018
Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Chief Executive Paora Stanley advises that a bus carrying whanau returning from Parliament this afternoon has crashed in Sanson. There have been injuries and details are still coming through. People have been taken to Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals. More information will be given as it comes to hand.
All media to contact Paora Stanley (027) 772 7961
Other information contact Del Carlini (021)709 907
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