A tragedy that could have been avoided

For months now, Linnen and other parents have been living with the shocking contents of a confidential independent review into the Mangatepopo incident, commissioned by trustees of the Turangi-based Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

Finally made public on Tuesday, it reveals that while individuals made fatally bad decisions on the day, there was a history of death and near-misses in the gorge. An extensive Star-Times investigation has revealed other damning reports, raising significant safety concerns at the outdoor education centre, years before the Mangatepopo tragedy. OPC was unlucky the Elim incident happened, said one source: "But they were also lucky it took 40 years."