Woman dead after quad bike crash

A woman has been killed in a quad bike crash west of Papatowai in Southland.

Police said the quad bike rolled on a rural property in Chaslands.

Emergency services were called to the scene off Chaslands Highway about 3:50pm on Thursday.

Worksafe has been advised. and the death will be referred to the Coroner.

In April another man died in a quad bike crash on a farm at Makarau, north of Auckland.

The ongoing number of fatalities involving quad bikes has sparked calls for a change in attitude among farmers.

Mark Daniel, machinery editor at Rural News Group, told Magic Talk's Rural Exchange that many farmers aren't getting the message.

He said many farmer and retailers are trying to move away from traditional quad bikes to side by sides - but there are still a huge number of quad bikes on farms.

"Farmers need to sit down before they say let's jump on a quad and drive up this hillside." 

They need to decide whether it is the proper vehicle to do the job - not just say we have to get up this hill and we have to get up there with three people.