Charges laid over Hamilton Zoo tiger keeper death

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Worksafe New Zealand is prosecuting Hamilton City Council over the death of a zookeeper who was killed by a tiger at Hamilton Zoo in 2015.

Worksafe says the Council did not take all practical steps to ensure zookeeper Samantha Kudeweh was not exposed to hazard.

She was killed by sumatran tiger Oz on September 20.

The charge has a maximum penalty of $250,000 and a date for the first appearance has not been set yet. 

Although Hamilton City Council haven't determined how they will plead to the charge, they said in a statement that they are "committed to using learnings from this tragedy to ensure our staff are safe - everyone should go home safely after a day's work."

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