Pike River Mine News

Solid Energy considering re-entry plan

Solid Energy's board is considering a plan to re-enter the Pike River mine on the West Coast to try and recover the bodies of 29 men who died there in a series of explosions in 2010.

Govt must contribute to Pike compensation - NZ First

New Zealand First says the Government must top up a likely shortfall in compensation for the families of those who died in the Pike River mine disaster.

Little compo for Pike families 'unjust'

There appears to be no chance that any meaningful fine or compensation will be paid over a mine disaster. The revelation came during the sentencing of Pike River Coal Ltd, which failed to ensure the safety of the 29 workers who died in 2010. (AUDIO)

Unanimous vote on Pike recommendations

Legislation that would implement the recommendations of a Royal Commission into the Pike River mining disaster has unanimously passed its first reading in Parliament. (AUDIO)

Change to Pike mine conditions sought

Government officials are considering an application from Solid Energy to vary the conditions on its permit to mine at Pike River.

Experts discuss recovery plan at Pike mine

The spokesperson for some of the families of the men who died in the Pike River mine disaster has accepted that developing a recovery plan will be more difficult and take longer than he thought. (AUDIO)

Meeting arrangements

The Prime Minister has confirmed to the families of the 29 men who died at Pike River that he will organise a meeting between his advisors and their experts to discuss body recovery. Both parties are now working on dates.

PM doubts mine re-entry possible

The Prime Minister has told the families of the Pike River victims he is prepared to organise a meeting between his experts and theirs on re-entering the West Coast mine, but doesn't see how re-entry could happen.

Govt releases plan to implement Pike River report

The Government has released a plan for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River Coal Mine disaster.

Pike directors callous, says Rockhouse

Comments made by former directors of the Pike River Coal company are callous, says the father of a man who died in the Pike River mine.

Pike families remember their dead two years on

Ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the Pike River Coal Mine disaster have ended with songs and the placing of flowers on a special memorial in Blackball, the closest town to the mine. (AUDIO)

Employment investigation underway over Pike disaster

An investigation has begun into whether Labour Department staff did everything they should have when the department issued Pike River Coal with a mining permit, and whether the department monitored the mine properly.

Pike families prepared to take Govt to court

A spokesperson for some of the Pike River families says they will take the Government to court if it refuses to help recover the men's remains.

Experts hand over Pike River recovery plan

International experts have handed the owners of Pike River coal mine a report saying it is possible to recover the remains of the men who died there two years ago.

Still too early to enter mine

International mining experts looking into the feasibility of re-opening the Pike River mine say it's still too early to say if it can be entered safely. (AUDIO)

Community in good heart

A community leader in Greymouth says the Royal Commission's report into the Pike River tragedy gives people the chance to move on and work through coal mine closures and other blows. (AUDIO)

Pike health and safety staff under scrutiny

Staff at what used to be the Department of Labour will come under further scrutiny over their role in the Pike River mining disaster and may face action by their employer. (AUDIO)

Parties meet to discuss plan to re-open mine

The first steps towards a plan to re-open the Pike River mine have been taken in Greymouth. (AUDIO)

Lawyer says everyone played role in Pike disaster

A lawyer for the families of Pike River victims says everyone involved in the mine played a role in the disaster and ignoring the methane danger became central to the mine's culture. (AUDIO)

Pike directors wanted a safe, world-class mine

Directors of the Pike River Coal Ltd, which is now in receivership, say they set out to create a safe world-class mine and never intended it to be developed or operated unsafely.