For a moment I thought that the Herald had turned against Len Brown


But it wasn’t to be.

Darwin was actually calling and a trainspotter answered.

A man fatally struck by the steam train he was photographing did not realise how close it was to him because he was looking at it through his camera lens, a coroner has ruled.

On September 7, 2013, Gregory John Duncraft, a meatworker from Kaiata, was standing on the railway track near Kokiri when a Mainland Steam charter steam train struck him at 5.45pm, throwing him into the air.  

Mr Duncraft, 50, was still alive and taken to Grey Base Hospital with an open skull fracture and serious internal injuries. He died at 7.37pm.

Coroner David Crerar said Mr Duncraft had gone to see the train with friend Caroline Milne.

She stopped pressing the button on her camera when the engine was 30m away, and turned away.

Next, she heard someone calling for an ambulance.

The train crew, and a doctor and ambulance officer who had been on board the train, gave aid.

Lisa Hartigan, who was driving to Moana to meet the train with her children, expressed concern that Mr Duncraft was still on the track.

The train “gave a loud toot” but he was still standing there “with his face to the camera”.

When it was just 3m away he took the camera down from his face and tried to step away quickly, but the train clipped his legs.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.