Police name Mt Ruapehu climber who died after falling

Police name Mt Ruapehu climber who died after falling

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Police and the family of a woman who died after falling at Mt Ruapehu on Saturday have now released her name.

37-year-old Emma Langley, who is a UK national living in Wellington.

Emma was a senior advisor at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).


The family of Emma Langley has requested that privacy be respected at this time.

Police and LandSAR yesterday had recovered her body after she slipped and fell down a slope at around 12:30 pm.

Emma was with a group of nine heading up the eastern side of Mt Ruapehu and was traversing Cathedral Rocks.

One of her climbing associates climbed down to her and contacted emergency services.

Due to strong winds, she wasn’t able to be reached by helicopter. Ground search and rescue teams were deployed shortly after.

LandSAR found the group at around 5:40 pm. 

Emma who slipped and fell was carried out by a stretcher and the rest of the group was escorted to Tukino Lodge. She was pronounced dead at the lodge.

This morning local hapū Ngāti Hikairo has blessed the site.

“This is an absolutely tragic event for the woman who has died, her family and friends, and her climbing companions,” says Senior Constable Barry Shepherd.”

“Many in the group were relatively new climbers, but they were well-prepared and while the weather changed throughout the day, when they set off the conditions were suitable.”

“While this was not the outcome anyone wanted, I want to acknowledge the bravery of those in the group who climbed down over a number of hours to assist her, as well as two other climbers who came across the scene and stopped to help.”

“I also want to thank all the LandSAR men and women who worked tirelessly through the afternoon and well into the night in absolutely shocking weather to return the deceased to her family and rescue the rest of the group off the mountain.”


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