New Zealand Labour Party

Craig Foss should demonstrate accountability

The Associate Transport Minister should rethink his complacent attitude towards the Transport Accident Investigation Commission’s botched handling of the Fox Glacier crash ahead of his meeting with its Chief Commissioner tomorrow, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“In the wake of a review revealing epic bungling by the TAIC, it is not good enough for Craig Foss to meekly accept the advice of Hellen Cull. The Chief Commissioner thinks the public should move on because the Commission ‘has done everything appropriately’.

“As Associate Minister, Craig Foss is accountable to the people of New Zealand, not a bureaucrat who sees no need to apologise to bereaved families for her Commission’s serial incompetence.

“The families deserve an apology. Helen Cull’s job should be on the line and Craig Foss should be announcing an independent review of the TAIC to determine whether the deficiencies exposed by the Fox Glacier investigation are systemic,” Phil Twyford says.