Independent review of WorkSafe in relation to Whakaari/White Island

The Workplace Relations and Safety Minister asked MBIE to provide him with advice on whether WorkSafe has carried out its obligations appropriately in relation to Whakaari/White Island.

The independent review will assess the adequacy and appropriateness of WorkSafe’s actions and whether further steps should have been taken. It will also identify whether any changes to WorkSafe’s systems, processes and practices are necessary or desirable.

It will cover a five-year period, from November 2014, when the adventure activity regulations were fully in place, to 9 December 2019, the day of the eruption.

MBIE has appointed David Laurenson QC to conduct the independent review. David Laurenson has more than 30 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014 and has appeared in a wide range of civil, commercial and criminal cases.

MBIE expects to receive the report by 30 June 2021.

Read the Terms of Reference for the independent review [PDF, 71 KB].

MBIE has also undertaken a targeted review of the health and safety regulatory regime for adventure activities, looking at how it operates when activities take place in naturally-hazardous environments.

Read more on the targeted review of the adventure activities regime.

Last updated: 30 April 2021