The results of the investigation into the rockfall in the Mangorewa Gorge in August may not be known for months yet.
An investigation was begun by the New Zealand Transport Agency, but its public release was delayed several times and then stopped altogether when the Department of Labour began its own investigation.
The cause of the rockfall, which nearly killed several people using the road at the time, will not be known publicly now until the DOL investigation is completed.
The department’s external communications advisor Eric Janse van Rensburg says it is difficult to say how long an investigation is likely to take.
“This depends on the nature and complexity of the incident, and how long it takes to gather and confirm the facts,” says Eric.
“Generally, the department completes investigations within six months of an accident occurring.”