5 Jan 2012

Man charged with manslaughter over Christmas crash

1:17 pm on 5 January 2012

An Auckland man charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls in a car crash on Christmas Day has been granted bail following a court appearance.

Merepeka Morehu Clark, 14, and her 13-year old sister Brooklyn died after two cars collided on Welcome Bay Road in Tauranga.

Name suppression was lifted on Thursday for Hetaraka Hikurangi Reihana, 20, who appeared in the Tauranga District Court.

Mr Reihana will next appear on 23 January.

A 36-year-old woman and a man aged 17 from Tauranga have also been charged with manslaughter.