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Tourist killed as adventure began
Tragic: German tourist Anett
Duerichen, who died in a crash
at Hunterville, had been working
at George Turney's asparagus
farm in Kawhatau Valley.
Packhouse boys mourn
loss of popular colleague
A German woman killed in a hor-
rific head-on car crash near
Hunterville had been working in
New Zealand and had just started a
final tour of the country before she
was due to fly home.
Anett Duerichen, 31, died last
week, when a ute and the van she
was travelling in collided.
She was with her 23-year-old
boyfriend Patrick Tewes, also from
Germany, who was taken to Palmer-
ston North Hospital by rescue heli-
He had severe leg injuries and is
now in a stable condition in the hos-
The couple had been in New Zea-
land since May last year.
Miss Duerichen's former
employer, George Turney, owns an
asparagus farm in the Kawhatau
Valley near Mangaweka, where
both she and her partner picked and
They had finished work on the
Friday before their accident to go on
their big adventure this week when
it came to a tragic end.
Mr Turney said he was horrified
to learn of the crash.
''It's just terrible news for such a
young couple, and they were such a
''They were so willing and
capable,'' he said.
Miss Duerichen and Mr Tewes
worked with Vanuatu nationals
brought in for the asparagus season.
''In the packhouse normally
there's music playing, but the boys
are all devastated,'' Mr Turney said.
''Everyone's just devastated; it's a
Mr Turney said the couple had
been staying in a house truck at a
Mangaweka camping ground.
They commuted to the asparagus
farm each day, but ate with the rest
of the staff and ''fitted in really
''The boys enjoyed their company.
It's terribly sad.''
The couple were set to leave New
Zealand in March.
The crash happened about
12.45pm on Tuesday January 3 on
State Highway 1 about 10
kilometres north of Hunterville.
Miss Duerichen was the front-
seat passenger in a northbound
Toyota Hiace and died at the scene.
The driver of the southbound ute,
a 60-year-old man, was conscious
and breathing when emergency
He was taken by St John ambu-
lance to Whanganui Hospital with a
fractured lumbar spine and punc-
Former Rangitikei councillor Bob
Major first came across Miss Dueri-
chen and Mr Tewes when they
stopped to help his son move some
stock off the road in Turakina.
He said their help was typical of
''They were the kind of people who
could lend a hand to anything,'' he
''We were gutted. We feel very dis-
Earlier in their New Zealand
tour, the couple asked Mr Major if
he knew of any work going and he
referred them to Mr Turney, who
had work on his asparagus farm.
Mr Major said they had worked
on several sheep and dairy farms in
the South Island before they arrived
''They wanted to work, they
wanted to make some money to pay
for their fare back home,'' he said.
The couple worked for Mr Major
before going to the asparagus farm.
Crash worst policeman's seen
Pictured is the
ute involved in
A police officer who has spent more than
two decades dealing with car crashes says a
fatal smash near Hunterville is one of the
worst he has seen.
Senior Constable John Ahern, of the
highway patrol unit, said the crash was one
of the most horrifying he had seen.
''I've been doing this stuff for 23 years
and that's probably the worst one I've seen,
and I've seen quite a few,'' he said.
''It was just carnage.''
Mr Ahern was the first police officer to
arrive at the scene. The Fire Service was
Debris and personal belongings were
scattered between the two vehicles, which
came to rest on opposite sides of State
''When I saw the date of birth I thought
'she's the same age as my daughter' and
she's somebody else's daughter,'' Mr Ahern
He said the van, which was the first
vehicle to be removed from the scene, was
Rescue helicopter pilot Marc Bridgman
described the scene as a mess.
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