Story: Suicide

Barriers on Grafton Bridge

Barriers on Grafton Bridge

Following its completion in 1910, Grafton Bridge in Auckland became a well-known location for suicide attempts. In 1937 steel barriers were installed to make it more difficult for people to jump over the edge. The barriers were removed in 1996, and once again people began to jump to their deaths. In 2003 new perspex canopies were put up, and in the subsequent six years there was not a single death by suicide at the site.

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Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Methods of suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis