18 Dec 2019

Whakaari/White Island: Simon Bridges on adventure tourism rules

From Morning Report, 7:24 am on 18 December 2019

The government has admitted there are questions about the enforcement of adventure tourism safety rules in the wake of the White Island/Whakaari eruption.

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway conceded yesterday that adventure activities regulations might not be fit for purpose.

Sixteen people have been confirmed dead as a result of the eruption, while 26 remain in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia, 10 in a critical condition.

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has said he hopes tourism to Whakaari/White Island will be allowed to resume in time.

He speaks to Susie Ferguson.