Updated: Bolting horse kills boy

Updated 2.45pm, July 22

Police have named the boy killed by a horse on Saturday.

He was 10-year-old Tareha Wetoa Rehua Kopa-Taylor, of Waiomio


Original report 6am, July 22

A 10-year-old boy has died after being dragged by a bolting horse south of Kawakawa.

Emergency services were alerted by family members who went to look for the boy and found him in a nearby paddock at Waiomio about 6.30pm on Saturday.

Late yesterday police had not released the boy's name as more family members were to be contacted.

It is believed the boy had gone out to check on the horse and had tied a rope around the horse.

He then attached the rope to himself but then the horse bolted and jumped over at least one fence.

Police said the matter had been handed over to the coroner.

A cousin, Wiremu Mahanga, said the boy had loved horses and his whanau were in shock after the tragedy.

The boy was confident around horses and was not afraid to break in wild ones.

His family gathered at Bay of Islands to support one another on Saturday night.

Mr Mahanga said most kids in the small, rural settlement had their own horses and it was unclear if the horse involved had been broken in or not.

While the boy had moved back to Whangarei most holidays he would return to Waiomio and was a regular sight with the horses.

- Northern Advocate

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