The Bluff woman whose company owned the fishing boat Easy
Rider has been remanded again on charges relating to the
vessel's sinking in March.
Gloria Davis, sole director of AZ1 Enterprises Ltd and widow
of the boat's skipper, Rewai Karetai, has denied charges laid
by Maritime New Zealand. She was remanded previously and this
week was remanded again to appear in the Invercargill
District Court in mid-February. She faces five charges. Her
company was also charged.
The Easy Rider sank in Foveaux Strait with the loss of eight
lives. One man was rescued. Two of the charges against Davis
are under the Maritime Transport Act. They are operating the
Easy Rider knowing a current skipper's certificate was not
held, and causing the boat to be operated in a manner which
caused unnecessary risk or danger to persons on board.
Three charges are under the Health and Safety in Employment
Act - that as a director of AZ1 Enterprises, she acquiesced
or participated in the failure of that employer to ensure the
safety of employees aboard the Easy Rider; that she
acquiesced or participated in the failure of that employer to
ensure no action or inaction of any employee while at work
harmed any other person; and that she acquiesced or
participated in the failure of that employer to ensure no
contractor or subcontractor was harmed while working on board
the Easy Rider.