Whakaari/White Island court case will change the level of accepted risk in NZ’s tourism industry

Tue, 5 Dec 2023 23:06:04 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"An Auckland court has found Whakaari Management Limited (WML) guilty of
breaching workplace safety laws relating to the Whakaari/White Island eruption
in 2019. This decision could have implications for anyone involved in adventure
tourism in New Zealand.

When Whakaari erupted on December 9 2019 there were 47 people on the island.
The eruption killed 22 of them and injured 25, some severely. The island was at
alert level VAL 2 (moderate to heightened volcanic unrest) when it erupted.

As owner of the island, WML was charged with failing to adequately minimise the
risks to tourists.

The court’s guilty verdict will likely result in significant changes to the
NZ$26.5 billion tourism industry. So how did we get here and what is likely to

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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