2 May 2019

Waikato crash survivor David Poutawa released from hospital

3:55 pm on 2 May 2019

The only survivor of a crash that killed eight people in south Waikato on Sunday morning has been released from hospital.

Sherilyn Poutawa speaks about her family who were killed in a north Taupō crash and her grandson who is recovering in hospital.

David Poutawa's grandmother Sherilyn speaks to media after the crash. Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

David Poutawa, 9, was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition after the two vehicles hit head-on.

Those killed included his mother, father and five siblings, and the driver of the other vehicle.

David was transferred to Hawkes Bay Hospital on Tuesday but has now been discharged.

The tangihanga for his family is being held at Moteo Marae near Napier, and thousands are expected to attend.

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