1 Jan 2017

Doctor who died while mountain biking mourned

9:24 pm on 1 January 2017

A respected Whanganui doctor who died while mountain biking yesterday afternoon is being praised for his work.

Whanganui Hospital

Whanganui Hospital Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Chris Cresswell, the acting head of Whanganui Hospital's emergency department, died after apparently falling from his bike at Matipo Park.

In 2015, Dr Cresswell escaped censure after he climbed on top of local MP Chester Borrows' car during a protest against the TPP.

Association of Salaries Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell said Dr Cresswell was very popular among his colleagues and in the community.

Mr Powell said he was a highly passionate and compassionate doctor who was concerned about the effects of environmental and trade policies on people's health.

His death has been referred to the coroner.