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Teacher injured by gunshot near camp

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016

A St Cuthbert's College teacher has been treated for minor injuries after a shot was fired near a school camp.

He received medical treatment after being hit in the face and leg by shotgun pellets while camping in Waiotahi Valley, near Opotiki, shortly before midnight on Friday, police say.

Hunters were believed to have been in the area, but the cause of the incident was still being investigated.

Girls at the camp were asleep and were unaware of the event at the time, St Cuthbert's College principal Lynda Reid said.

She travelled to the camp on Saturday morning to support staff and students.

"We're very concerned about the incident but thankful the injuries were not more serious. We're offering our full support to the staff member, his family and all those affected."

The incident occurred on an overnight tramp at Totara Camp on Department of Conservation land in the Waiotahi Valley, Ms Reid said.

The injured staff member was treated by St John ambulance officers and was continuing with his duties.

The school had been in contact with police, who were investigating.

The private Auckland school, founded in 1915, caters for students from Year One to 13. It has a roll of 1384 students, plus 42 international students, according to the latest Education Review Office report.

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