Death by Drowning on Queens wharf, report and correspondence

Roger Calkin made this Official Information request to Wellington City Council

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From: Roger Calkin

Dear Wellington City Council,

I am a New Zealand Citizen seeking information about steps taken in relation to the death of my son Sandy Calkin at Queens Wharf on or about 10 July 2021 and safety on Queens Wharf.

I understand the coroner has requested a report from the Wellington City Council in respect of this fatality. It has now been nearly 14 months since my son died in an area where the responsibility for pedestrian safety lies with the Wellington City council.

On 2 August 2022 the Coroner's office advised by email "Wellington City Council has not yet provided the report sought by Coroner Greig".

My son's death appears to have occurred in very similar circumstances and in the same area to that of Finbar Clabby in 2015. My wife knew Mr Clabby personally, so we also followed this case closely when it occurred.

I formally request the following;

1. Copies of all correspondence/reports/emails/text messages relating to the death of Sandy Calkin held by the Wellington City Council, and it's staff.

2. All reports, recommendations, and upgrades to safety made to Queens Wharf and its surrounding areas made in response to the death of my son, Sandy Calkin on 10 July 2021.

3. All reports, recommendations, and upgrades to safety made to Queens Wharf and its surrounding areas made in response to the death of Finbar Clabby in 2015. This should include all camera system upgrades and increases in coverage.

4. All incident reports held by the Wellington City Council in respect of all accidents, near misses, fatalities and injuries where people have fallen into the water, or come close to falling into the water on or about Queens Wharf and the surrounding waterfront area since the death of Finbar Clabby in 2015.

I look forward to your prompt reply

Yours faithfully,

Roger Calkin

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From: BUS: Assurance
Wellington City Council

Kia ora Roger

Thank you for your email dated 7 September 2022 requesting information about Queens Wharf drowning.

FYI website publishes responses online. Due to the sensitive nature of this request, can you please confirm if you want your son's information to be publicly available or would rather have this redacted. We can also send the information to you directly if you wish. If you would rather we send you the information directly you can send us your email address directly to [email address].

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to provide a decision as soon as possible, but no later than 5 October 2022, being 20 working days of receipt.
The reference number for your request is IRC-3882.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

The Assurance Team
Email: [email address]
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