Seawall crash victim had Spring Break link

Friday December 07, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

The 38-year-old tourist who died in a motorbike crash at the seawall in Nikao on Sunday has been identified as Michael Kemp.


Kemp, originally from Northland, New Zealand, was believed to be holidaying in the country as part of the George FM event Spring Break Experience Rarotonga.

Police said he passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Early indications pointed to speed as a significant factor of the crash, the police added.

Efforts have been made to repatriate Kemp’s body to his family in Whangarei.

A Givealittle page which was set up on Monday had raised $11,340 from 124 donors as of midday yesterday.

The creator of the page, TourismHQ, posted that before Kemp’s body could be released from Rarotonga, a fee of $10,500 must be paid.

“Unfortunately, it is very expensive to bring his body home and we would love to be able to cover this cost to remove the stress from his grieving family at this time,” posted TourismHQ, which was involved in the organising of the spring break event.

“All funds will go directly to covering these expenses and Michael’s mother, Elizabeth.”

In the post, TourismHQ said Kemp was a fun-loving, positive person who would be remembered by all who had crossed paths with him.

Meanwhile the founder of the Spring Break Experience Rarotonga, Rich Henry said they were hoping to fly Kemp’s body to New Zealand today.

“With a special thank you to the authorities in Rarotonga, we were able to expedite the release of Michael’s body and we now hold the goal of flying him home this Saturday to be with his whanau in Whangarei,” Henry said in an online post.

“On behalf of all my team, we extend our deepest condolences to his family. Members of our team have remained in Rarotonga to liaise closely with his family during this incredibly tough time.”

The road death toll on Rarotonga for the year now stands at five.

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