Northland boat sinking: Rescuer describes pulling 'pretty wide-eyed' kids off rocks at Mokohinau Islands

The six people who were rescued from an island group off Northland's east coast after their catamaran hit rocks and sank were "pretty lucky" to get out of the ordeal alive.

That's according to Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, crew chief Mark Cannell who spoke with 1 NEWS.

"Pretty lucky with some of the circumstances, if there had been a subtle change quite often these things could go from a good outcome to a very bad outcome," Mr Cannell said.

The 30-foot catamaran struck rocks about 5am this morning near the Mokohinau Islands east of Whangarei and north of Great Barrier Island.

The passengers included two adult men and four children.

Mr Cannell said the children were "pretty wide-eyed" when they were being rescued off the rocks.

"The kids were pretty wide-eyed when we grabbed them off the rocks and lifted them into the helicopter," Mr Cannell said.

"They looked pretty sleepy after so I just think it was the shock of events of everything wearing off and they were pretty fatigued by the time they got back to Whangarei."

All six were taken to Whangarei's Kensington Hospital - they were cold, but largely uninjured.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust crew chief Mark Cannell spoke about early morning drama near the Mokohinau Islands. Source: 1 NEWS



Coromandel triple-fatal crash: Car driven by the 20-year-old crossed centre line, police say

More details about the victims of the three people who died in a car crash in the Coromandel last night have been released.

Three people died and one person was critically injured after the two-car collision just before 8.30pm on the Kopu Bridge.

Police say a local couple in their 60s were in one of the cars and died at the scene.

A 20-year-old man driving the other car also died at the scene.

His 54-year-old father was the front seat passenger and remains in Middlemore Hospital.

Police say in a statement: "Initial indications suggest the car driven by the 20-year-old crossed the centre line and collided with the other car".

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

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New cycle lanes unveiled for major Wellington roads

Wellington City Council has unveiled concept images for three new two-way cycleways along major Wellington roads.

City Councillors yesterday agreed to changes to Oriental Parade, Evans Bay Parade and Thorndon Quay which Mayor Justin Lester said balanced the needs of the thousands of people using those routes.

The Oriental Parade cycle path is completely new, and would make the section of footpath next to the sea wall between Herd Street and Freyberg pool pedestrian-only.

A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Thorndon Quay will look.
A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Thorndon Quay will look. Source: Wellington City Council

Croc bikes would also need to use the new cycleway.

Parking along this section will be adjusted, with no loss in numbers, and the median strip for turning traffic will be retained.

Detailed designs for all three cycle paths will now be worked on by the Council as will construction plans and independent safety audits.

A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Evans Bay Parade will look.
A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Evans Bay Parade will look. Source: Wellington City Council

Work on the cycle paths is expected to begin towards the end of the year.

A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Oriental Parade will look.
A visualisation of how the cycle lanes on Oriental Parade will look. Source: Wellington City Council