1 Dec 2020

White Island/Whakaari: Brother of victim doesn't back charges

From Morning Report, 7:14 am on 1 December 2020

The brother of a man killed in the eruption on Whakaari/White Island says he disagrees with legal action being taken over the tragedy.

WorkSafe has laid 13 charges over the eruption on Whakaari in December 2019.

The island was a popular tourist destination before the eruption and there were 47 people on it when it blew. Twenty-two people died after the eruption, including Hayden Marshall-Inman, whose body was never found. 

Mark Inman, the brother of Marshall-Inman told Susie Ferguson he doesn't think anyone is looking for justice or an outcome right now.

"At the end of the day they were on an active volcano and I still believe they were in the right place at the wrong time. It's just Mother Nature and it happens."

It's one year since the eruption next week, and Inman says it's going to be tough for the family, but also the community in Whakatāne.

"It's going to be a big week, but we were planning on trying to remember all the good times and all the good memories of all those people and in Whakaari."