Marine Safety Act 1998 No 121
103 Ordering of investigation
(1) The Minister may order an investigation into any of the following:
(a) a marine accident that has been reported under Division 2 or that the Minister believes may have occurred,
(b) any situation that has the potential to cause marine accidents,
(c) any alleged incompetence or misconduct of the holder of a marine safety licence,
(d) a vessel that has been provisionally detained as an unsafe vessel,
(e) any incident in connection with a port facility that has caused, or has the potential to cause, a danger to life or serious damage to property.
(2) An inquiry may be carried out and a report provided under this section whether or not:
(a) an investigation is being, or has been, conducted under the Passenger Transport Act 1990 or any other Act or law relating to the same matter, or
(b) the matter is or may be subject to any criminal or civil proceedings.