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NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS
BRYNDERWYN BUS CRASH
THURSDAY 07 FEBRUARY 1963

On Thursday, 7 February 1963, a bus containing 35 passengers and the driver were making their way south from celebrations at Waitangi (near Paihia) where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were attending.

On the Brynderwyn Hills between Whangarei and Wellsford, North Auckland the bus brakes failed. Even after valiant attempts by the driver Harold PARKER to slow the bus it hurtled through a wire fence and tumbled down a 30 metre almost vertical slope to the bank of the Piroa Stream. Fifteen people died in New Zealand's worst bus accident to date.

On the 7 February 2003, a monument was unveiled on the banks of the Piroa Stream and is clearly visible to passing traffic.

ABRAHAM-PAENGANUI [ABRAMS aka PAENGANUI] Beryl (Beryl Gladys)(Mrs) 79 Helensville
BIDOIS Dolly (Dorothy Kiri) (Mrs) 48 Te Pua, Helensville
KIDWELL Celia (Cecilia Miriama)(Miss) 17 Reweti
KIDWELL Levia Margaret (Mrs) (nee Nathan) 37 Reweti
KINGI Ben (Bennie) 42 Woodhill, Helensville
NATHAN Miriama (Miri)(Miriam) (Mrs) (nee Abraham) 55 Reweti
NATHAN Steve 69 6 Captain Springs Rd, Te Papapa
NIELSON Emma (Mrs) 52 6 Hilary Crescent, Napier
POUAKA Ropata (Rev.) 63 203 Mount Smart Rd, Onehunga
POVEY Ngarotokurua (Molly) (nee Porter) 52 Reweti
SHEFFIELD Colleen Margaret (Mrs) 42 South End, Helensville
TAPENE Peter (Petera) 42 61 Spring Street, Onehunga, Auckland
TARATU aka KAA Maringi (Mrs) 80 Crawford Ave, Mangere, Auckland
URUAMO Eriapa Poata [aka Eddie PORTER] 76 Reweti
WIAPO Karaka Anaru(Clark) 68 Helensville



Those injured included:

BECKETT Waru (Mrs) 40 Woodward Ave, Mangere
BROUGHTON Nukie (Tuihi) 55 Carwell Street, Onehunga
CLARK Rangi (Mrs) 51
EDWARDS Livya 13
HOPATA (HAUPAPA) Annette 15
KIDWELL Brian 13
KIDWELL Pute 12
MOORE E (Mrs) 58
NATHAN Lewis 16
NATHAN Parangi 15
NEILSON B (Mrs)
NODA Ruby 58 106 Vincent Street, Auckland
PARATA John 31 1141 Dominion Road East, Auckland
PARKER Harold 46 Tuakau
POVEY Elizabeth (Mrs) 30
ROTA Wikitoria 30 60 Shelly Beach Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
SMITH Rewia (Mrs) 52
TANE Sophia 22
TAPAKUKUTAI Tuna 26
TAPENE Annie (Mrs) 61 Spring Street, Onehunga, Auckland
TAPENE Valmai 13 61 Spring Street, Onehunga, Auckland



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