Easy Rider company fined $207k

Last updated 16:00 27/05/2014
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Easy Rider sole survivor Dallas Reedy says the sentencing of Gloria Davis over the tragedy is time to move on.

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Gloria Davis in the Invercargill District Court.

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Bluff woman Gloria Davis and her company have been fined on charges relating to the 2012 sinking of the Easy Rider that cost eight lives.

Davis was also ordered to do community work.

Davis appeared in the Invercargill District Court today for sentence. She was found guilty in March on three charges relating to the sinking of the Easy Rider in Foveaux Strait.

AZ1 Enterprises, the company Davis was the sole director of, was found guilty of the same charges.

The company was fined $204,500 and Davis was fined $3000 and sentenced to 350 hours' community work. The company and Davis were convicted and discharged on one charge.

A defended hearing was held in the Invercargill District Court in January and Judge John Strettell released his verdict in March .

Davis' husband was Easy Rider skipper Rewai Karetai, who died in the tragedy.

Judge Strettell today said it was the greatest loss of life in a New Zealand maritime tragedy since the Wahine disaster.

Davis and AZ1 were convicted and discharged on the charge of operating the Easy Rider knowing a current maritime document (a master holding a skipper's certificate) was required and knowing it was not held.

She and the company were convicted and fined on the charges

- That she caused or permitted the Easy Rider to be operated in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk to people on board

- That as a director of AZ1 Enterprises Limited, she acquiesced or participated in the failure of that company to take all practicable steps to ensure that no contractor or subcontractor was harmed while doing work on board Easy Rider.

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