Gisborne man dies in forestry accident

BROKEN-HEARTED: The family of Te Oho Mauri Piripi (Piri) Bartlett are devastated after a forestry accident that took his life yesterday. He is pictured with his fiancee Te Rangimarie Rautjoki and their son Te Mauri o Rehua Ariki (Rehua).

A YOUNG forest worker died yesterday afternoon in an accident in a forest in the Mangatokerau area 10 kilometres inland from Anaura Bay when he fell on a skid site in the forest.

He was 23-year-old Te Oho Mauri Piripi Bartlett, known at ‘Piri’ Bartlett, and he lived in Gisborne.

Police said Mr Bartlett was born and bred in Te Araroa.

He was a young father and he and his fiancee Te Rangimarie Rautjoki welcomed their first child nearly a year ago.

Police, the Tolaga Bay first response unit and the ECT rescue helicopter were alerted about the accident at around 2.30pm yesterday.

“The man’s workmates attempted to resuscitate him and they were assisted by the Tolaga Bay first responders,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“But unfortunately he did not respond and when the ECT chopper arrived the paramedics on board pronounced Mr Bartlett deceased.”

His body has been taken to Rotorua for a post-mortem examination.

Inquiry under way

WorkSafe New Zealand and police have an inquiry under way to determine the circumstances surrounding the death.

“At this stage we are unable to comment on those circumstances or the nature of Mr Bartlett’s fall,” said Tolaga Bay police officer Constable Andrew Trafford.

“Our thoughts are with his whanau and friends at this tragic time.”

Family spokesman Willie Waitoa said this morning said the accident had been “heartbreaking for the whole family and Piri’s friends”.

“It was exactly a year ago today that our cousin Niko Brooking-Hodgson also lost his life in a forestry accident.

“It is so sad that Piri’s son Rehua is going to grow up without a dad.”

Mr Brooking-Hodgson, a former Gisborne rugby player, died in an accident in a forest between Napier and Taupo.

Victim Support has been in contact with Mr Bartlett's family and offered their support.

The fatality follows the serious accident in a forest in the Tauwhareparae area inland from Tolaga Bay on August 14. In that accident a forest worker in his 40s lost a leg when it was crushed by a log.

It is the third fatal forestry accident in this district this year, and the second in New Zealand in a week.

A 20-year-old man died in a forest accident in Marlborough last Thursday when the log hauler he was operating rolled off a track.

A YOUNG forest worker died yesterday afternoon in an accident in a forest in the Mangatokerau area 10 kilometres inland from Anaura Bay when he fell on a skid site in the forest.

He was 23-year-old Te Oho Mauri Piripi Bartlett, known at ‘Piri’ Bartlett, and he lived in Gisborne.

Police said Mr Bartlett was born and bred in Te Araroa.

He was a young father and he and his fiancee Te Rangimarie Rautjoki welcomed their first child nearly a year ago.

Police, the Tolaga Bay first response unit and the ECT rescue helicopter were alerted about the accident at around 2.30pm yesterday.

“The man’s workmates attempted to resuscitate him and they were assisted by the Tolaga Bay first responders,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“But unfortunately he did not respond and when the ECT chopper arrived the paramedics on board pronounced Mr Bartlett deceased.”

His body has been taken to Rotorua for a post-mortem examination.

Inquiry under way

WorkSafe New Zealand and police have an inquiry under way to determine the circumstances surrounding the death.

“At this stage we are unable to comment on those circumstances or the nature of Mr Bartlett’s fall,” said Tolaga Bay police officer Constable Andrew Trafford.

“Our thoughts are with his whanau and friends at this tragic time.”

Family spokesman Willie Waitoa said this morning said the accident had been “heartbreaking for the whole family and Piri’s friends”.

“It was exactly a year ago today that our cousin Niko Brooking-Hodgson also lost his life in a forestry accident.

“It is so sad that Piri’s son Rehua is going to grow up without a dad.”

Mr Brooking-Hodgson, a former Gisborne rugby player, died in an accident in a forest between Napier and Taupo.

Victim Support has been in contact with Mr Bartlett's family and offered their support.

The fatality follows the serious accident in a forest in the Tauwhareparae area inland from Tolaga Bay on August 14. In that accident a forest worker in his 40s lost a leg when it was crushed by a log.

It is the third fatal forestry accident in this district this year, and the second in New Zealand in a week.

A 20-year-old man died in a forest accident in Marlborough last Thursday when the log hauler he was operating rolled off a track.

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Jaye Hema - 1 year ago
Arohamai whanau. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Andrea Hofmeister - 1 year ago
Oh no! So sorry for you and your whanau, much aroha

Julie O'Donnell - 1 year ago
Arohamai te Whanau. Deepest condolences to you all at this very sad time. Too many of our men are getting killed in our forests. Kia kaha Whanau.

Jim and Lylie Cannell, Rotorua - 1 year ago
Our condolences to Te Rangimarie and wee Rehua and whanau. A tragic loss.

Chriss Taylor, Rotorua - 1 year ago
Been there as a logger. Mates, be careful, it's just a job. Be aware of what's going on. Look out for your mates. Family first.

Rosemary, Papamoa beach - 1 year ago
Aroha mai, I know your pain. I lost my brother a year ago also from a forestry accident while working up in Whangarei.
Kia kaha.
If you bump in to my brother Damian please say hi for me.

Ricky Wilson - 1 year ago
What a beautiful family! Why does this keep happening? So sorry for the young man's whanau!!!

Tiny Tibble - 1 year ago
Piri and Niko are very closely related. Piri's papa Gracie's dad and Niko's nan are brother and sister - a tragedy our Waitoa whanau have to cope with, exactly a year today when Niko was killed in the forest. We will all be here with our arms open wide to support our whanau. Another great loss.

Jackie Nikora - 1 year ago
Aroha whanau to his beautiful wife and son. My heartfelt condolences to you both.

Les - 1 year ago
All these rules to protect our bush crews - I bet the guys who made them do not even work in the bush. Notice, however, since this quota system came in bushmen have been getting hurt or killed. Met the quota, but at what costs? Blessings to all of this young man's whanau.

Tania - 1 year ago
Much love to family, friends, partner and gorgeous baby xxxx

WILLIAM LEMMON - 1 year ago
As a logging truck driver, one of many who have been to log 3, I would like to send the crew and whanau of Piri our condolences. It's so sad that we have lost another forestry worker so soon after just laying to rest Jay (Jason Campbell). R.I.P. Our thoughts are with you all. We all need to look after each other. Be safe out there. We all must go home at the end of the day!!!!!!!

Taara - 1 year ago
Oh my cousin, the heart is still mamae as!

Lorraine Akuhata - 1 year ago
Arohamai whanau, he was too young to be taken. Our thoughts and hearts are with you all.

Horiana Young - 1 year ago
My aroha and condolences go out to the whanau at this tragic and sad time.

Rae - 1 year ago
My thoughts and prayers for his whanau at this sad time.

Tip Tekira - 1 year ago
Too much of this is happening. It's so unnecessary.
Sorry, so sad. Kia kaha whanau.

Pania Kiriwi - 1 year ago
My heartfelt condolences to the whanau pani at this tragic time. I too lost my husband in a forestry accident two years ago, Sept 9th, so I know how devastating this situation is. All my thoughts and prayers for the young family and his whanau too.

Steve Underwood - 1 year ago
My deepest condolences. I am a wildland firefighter and own a forestry company in America. Tired of losing good young men and women. Rest In Peace brother.

Guy McElwee - 1 year ago
God's speed to this young logger and prayers for his family. May he rest with peace.

Alby Boynton - 1 year ago
R.I.P young fella

Carole Keelan, Wairoa - 1 year ago
Arohamai whanau. Kia Kaha

James Riddle jr - 1 year ago
God bless family and friends.

Mar Broughton, Gold Coast - 1 year ago
Arohamai, prayers and thoughts going out to his beautiful wahine and little baba. Condolences to his family. RIP Piri. xxx

Erana Teepa, Rotorua - 1 year ago
My condolences to our Waitoa whanau back home in Te Araroa, to you cuzzie Luana and niece Laks and aunty Polly.

Ashley Wawatai - 1 year ago
I now know of four in this area who have passed from forestry work-related accidents. Men risking lives, and all they want is milk for the family.

Waiora, Auckland - 1 year ago
Thoughts and prayers are with you bub!!! Lots of love from the Gerrard sisters xxxxx

Ma Repia - 1 year ago
My deepest condolences to the wahine, pepi and whanau at this sad time, knowing that you will be deeply missed with such a young family.

Clarke Whanau, Lower Hutt - 1 year ago
Tino arohanui to the whanau, especially Te Rangimarie

Tarnz, Masterston - 1 year ago
Heartbreaking

Wayne Pehl, a Washington lumberjack - 1 year ago
Ma te Atua, Koe a tiaki e manaki ki runga i ga wa Kota.

HENI PORTER, Qld - 1 year ago
Awwww, sooo sad. Mau Mau Hoki. Haere Haere Mokopuna Piripi. Kanui TE AROHA KIA KOE. Whanau Ma te Atua e Manaaki. mmmwah xoxo

Pania, Hauraki - 1 year ago
Arohamai whanau. Ka nui te aroha. Kia koutou. Xo

Julianna, Auckland - 1 year ago
Sad to hear. Rest easy
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Moana Tamati, Perth - 1 year ago
Mamae aroha tino nui e te whanau.
Sincere condolences to this young man's beautiful fiance and little man, whanau and friends.
Aroha mai e tama
Moe mai ki te Ariki nui i runga rawa
Kua rere te hau

Markus Tama, Palmerston North - 1 year ago
My full sympathy to our whanau for losing an important, hard-working dedicated father and member of our whanau. Please look after him dear father Christ and watch over his partner and his baby. Much love and respect

Nex, Whangarei - 1 year ago
Aroha tino tino nui kia koutou whanau, rest in paradise brother . . . .

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