Whakaari/White Island: Confusion over safety responsibilities at senior level

A Radio NZ article.

A super-heated, highly-acidic eruption tore across the crater without warning.

Ash concealed huge landmarks – helicopter landing pads, an old sulphur factory and a shipping container.

Eight adventurers died on the submarine volcano.

Another 16 would later succumb to horrific burns, inhalation and blast injuries.

And 25 survivors were left with lifelong physical and mental recoveries from the explosion.

Despite tourist companies leading visitors onto New Zealand’s most active volcano for decades, some stakeholders’ health and safety obligations were unclear.

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