A timeline of the Berrymans' bridge disaster and fallout:
1986: Bridge built by the army on the Berrymans' farm as an engineering training exercise.
March 22, 1994: The bridge collapses as beekeeper Kenneth Richards is driving across it. He plunges 30 metres to his death.
February 1996: Court dismisses OSH case against couple, ruling bridge was not a workplace for the self-employed beekeeper.
1997: Taumarunui coroner Tim Scott rules responsibility for the collapse "must largely lie" with the Berrymans.
2001: Government makes $150,000 compensation offer if couple cease legal action. This is rejected.
Couple discover army conducted inquiry at time of accident, carried out by civil engineer George Butcher.
2004: Lawyer Rob Moodie takes case on and pushes for Butcher report to be published.
February 2005: Army successfully challenges court ruling allowing its publication.
April 2005: Dr Moodie publishes Butcher report online. Government asks solicitor-general to look at whether or not a new inquest should be held.
June 2005: Solicitor-General Terence Arnold refuses another inquest.
September 2005: Berrymans take case to High Court, seeking to overturn his refusal.
April 2006: Couple sue army for $4.5 million in the High Court.
Yesterday: Justice Jill Mallon quashes the 1997 coroner's finding, but states there is to be no further inquest.
- The Dominion Post