Coroner believes Hughie Biddle's death was preventable

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

It was an emotional inquest hearing for the partner of Hughie Biddle (Tūhoe) at Whakatāne District Court today. 

17-year-old Hughie Biddle died on June 18, 2011 after a major landslide engulfed his home at Ōhope.

Coroner Wallace Bain stressed that if authorities had ordered evacuations his death could have been prevented.