'It's going to kill ya' - January spike in motorcycle deaths on Kiwi roads worries police

Police are urging motorcyclists to take extra care on our roads after a high rate of motorbike fatalities in the first month of the year.

Those killed on motorbikes made up close to a third of the total road toll for January, and it was a stark increase from a year ago.

In January last year, motorbike fatalities were 17 per cent of the month's death toll.

This January was close to double that at 29 per cent.

Emergency services are well aware of the hike and police say rider behaviour needs to change.

"We believe there has been some unnecessary overtaking or extra risks taken around getting to people's destinations," Assistant Commissioner for road policing Sandra Venables says.

And safety is also key.

"Wear the best safety gear that you can afford, if you get a slight knock on your helmet make sure that it gets replaced," Ms Venables says.

A keen motorcycle rider of many years, Clive Thomas believes the January death toll hike may be caused by an increase in inexperienced riders on roads not ideal for bikes in the first place.

"We've got roads where there's loose metal on corners, no signage to say there's loose metal there there's things they can do, and I know it costs money - but what cost is a life?" Mr Thomas says.

"You'll always get the odd person who does take risks.

"Unfortunately if you're on a motorcycle and you make a bad decision, it's going to hurt, or it's going to kill ya."

Ten riders were killed in January, sparking police to call for safe driving. Source: 1 NEWS



Where's Anna? Canterbury police desperate to find missing 20-year-old

Canterbury Police have taken to social media in the hopes of finding missing Christchurch woman Anna James-Revell.

The 20-year-old was last seen on Monday night in Rangiora around 8:30pm wearing ripped jeans and an adidas top.

In a post on Facebook, police said it's out of character for her to stay away from home this long and that it's likely she's in the North Canterbury area.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Christchurch Police on 09 363 7400 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Anna James-Revell was last seen in Rangiora, and her disappearance is out of character. Source: Breakfast

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Poignant story of Anne Frank brought to life for Kiwis in exhibition

An international exhibition depicting the story of the World War Two diarist Anne Frank and events surrounding the Holocaust will open at Auckland's War Memorial Museum on Friday.

The Diary of Anne Frank has long been a staple for Kiwi school children, learning about the horrors of the Nazi extermination of Jews during the war.

The book is still on the bestsellers list more than 70 years after Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in 1945, aged 15.

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is bringing her poignant story to life with the exhibition called Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank.

How can you kill a child one-and-a-half million times? - Boyd Klap, exhibition chairman

The Chairman of the exhibition is 92-year-old Boyd Klap. Now a proud Wellingtonian, Mr Klap was born in the Netherlands and lived through the horrors of World War Two.

He showed TVNZ1's Seven Sharp through the exhibition which includes a diagram showing the room Anne Frank was hiding in for two years and where she wrote her diary which is the basis of the exhibition.

"I knew the Anne Frank story very well. I'm not a Jew but I have many Jewish friends," Mr Klap told the programme.

"I was 13 years old at high school when the German Nazis invaded my country. I remember the day when it happened. 

"But what I remember more than anything else is that after a couple of years the Jewish neighbours we had, they had their windows smashed, they had swastikas put on their doors, were arrested, taken to Germany and never came back," he said.

"I still can't believe that in that century civilised nations were involved in such horrific crimes. How can you hurt a child? How can you kill a child? How can you kill a child one-and-a-half million times?" he said.

In a section of the exhibition called "Learning from the Past" Mr Klap said: "This is probably the most important aspect of the exhibition. We must learn from the past to make certain it never happens again."

Auckland Museum is the first to host the exhibition in New Zealand, as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

The exhibition runs at the museum from February 9 to May 13.

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is behind 'Let Me Be Myself'. Source: Seven Sharp