Cycling deaths Inquest announced
Waikato Coroner Gordon Matenga will travel to four separate regions throughout the country to hear evidence relating to nine cycling deaths to try and identify any common trends or information that could prevent a re-occurrence of such tragedies.
The first hearing will be held in Palmerston North on 21 July, followed by Hamilton on 25 August and subsequent hearings in Auckland and Wellington.
Coroner Matenga said travelling to different regions will mean family members and witnesses can attend the Inquest relevant to them but also allow for greater input from the cycling community and any other interested parties.
"These deaths are an absolute tragedy and we must do everything we can to uncover any lessons or measures that can help avoid them in the future," Coroner Matenga said.
Details of further Inquests will be released when confirmed.
The deaths referred to are those of the following people: Antony Chapman, Mary-Jane Bishop, Kay Wolfe, Mark Ferguson, Wilhelm Muller, Patricia Fraser, Rex Dalzell and Benjamin Lawless; Thomas Briggs has also been subsequently added.
Update: Christchurch was added later to hear four further cases: Brennan Sharp, John Mayers, Nigel Townley, and Josephine Holmes. The hearing was in June 2013.
See attached 'Minute of Coroner Matenga' for dates, locations, and how to participate in the hearings, or contact CAN.
Final review report presented by the Coroner (Nov 2013)