Midwife tragically killed in car crash

Tai Hartley Dixon with daughters Iona and Lucia and husband Scott. Photo: Supplied.

A former Marlborough midwife has died in a car crash, leaving behind her husband and two young daughters.

Tai Hartley Dion, 41, was killed on her way to do a nightshift at Christchurch Women’s Hospital earlier this month.

The much-loved mother-of-two, originally from the UK, worked as a midwife in Blenheim for several years.

People have rallied to support her husband Scott and daughters Iona, 6, and Lucia, 3.

Friend Debbie Fisher has set up a Givealittle page to help provide financial support for the young family.

“Tai was such an incredible woman to her family and friends.

“She was super loving, caring, fun, loyal – and an amazing colleague to many.

“She was a very dedicated and caring midwife to many new families in both the Blenheim and Christchurch regions.

“Tai leaves behind distraught and devastated family and friends. She will be missed beyond words,” she says.

The accident happened at around 9.50pm as Tai travelled from her home in Selwyn to work.

Police are investigating the crash but early reports indicate the other driver, who was taken to hospital in a critical condition, may have crossed over the centre line.

Debbie says Tai’s family were the centre of her world.

“Scott, Iona and Lucia are just heart broken.

“We would like to fund raise for the family to cover current expenses accrued due to Tai’s sudden death and to support the future for the two girls – which they now face without their dear mum who was dedicated beyond words to her wee angels.

“Scott, Iona and Lucia were everything to Tai, it is incomprehensible how they will go on without her by their sides… They need all the love and support we can give them at this terrible time,” she says.

Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates said his staff were “deeply saddened” by Dixon’s death.

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