4 Nov 2013

Club launches review following Mt Taranaki deaths

2:46 pm on 4 November 2013

The New Zealand Alpine Club has launched an independent review of a climbing trip to Mount Taranaki which claimed the lives of two people in October.

Club president John Cocks says the loss of Hiroki Ogawa and Nicole Sutton while on a club trip has prompted the review of the incident and how the club conducts its trips.

Mr Cocks says teams of club members have gone climbing together since 1891 and the trips provide the opportunity for people to develop as climbers.

He says in recent years the safety of club climbers has become increasingly important, but the recent deaths are a stark reminder that more must be done.

Mr Cocks says the club members who were on the trip are grieving and fellow club members are rallying to provide support.

The terms of reference for the independent review will be finalised this week.