Charges filed over student diver death


INVESTIGATION: WorkSafe New Zealand investigating the scene of Bin Moien’s death earlier this year in Huntly.

New Zealand’s only commercial diving school, based in Huntly, has been charged after the death of one of its students.

Luqmanulhakim Bin Moien, 23, of Jahore in Malaysia, died while completing an assessment dive at Lake Puketirini, on the outskirts of the town on April 28.

The lake is a training facility used by the New Zealand School of Commercial Diver Training (NZSCDT).

Commercial Diver Training Ltd, New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies, Timothy John McKenzie and Tony Anaru Te Ripo have all been charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

All accused parties were due to appear in Huntly District Court on Tuesday but their appearances were adjourned until next year.

Intueri Education Group Limited, the parent company of Commercial Diver Training Ltd, issued a statement in which it revealed charges had been laid.

HoThe company appeared confident it would escape prosecution according to its April prospectus.

“The company does not expect the incident to be found to be attributable to any material breach of applicable policy or procedure by NZSCDT or its staff.”

It was also confident there would be no “material effect on international student demand for its courses . . . or NZSCDT’s prospective financial performance”.

The man’s death was the first for the company – which carried out more than 12,000 dives a year since it opened in 2000.



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