Davis pleads not guilty

Last updated 13:36 06/11/2012

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Gloria Davis today pleaded not guilty in the Invercargill District Court to charges relating to the Easy Rider tragedy in Foveaux Strait.

Davis, of Bluff, did not appear, and a status hearing will be held next month.

Davis has been charged with three offences under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and two under the Maritime Transport Act.

Az1 Enterprises Ltd, of which Davis is the sole director, faces similar charges.

Eight people died when the Easy Rider sank, including Davis' partner William Rewai Desmond Karetai, the boat's skipper.

The others who lost their lives were Shane Ronald Topi, 29, Peter Glen Pekamu-Bloxham, 53, Boe Taikawa Gillies, 28, John Henry Karetai, 58, Paul Jason Fowler- Karetai, 40, Odin Nirvana Karetai, 6, David George Fowler, 50.

Dallas Reedy was the only survivor.

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