Pike River mine disaster
Some Pike River families have received their $110,000 payout as part of the $3.4 million deal.
PM says his hands tied over decision to drop charges against former Pike River boss Peter Whittall.
MBIE says prosecuting Pike River ex-CEO would be costly and had a low chance of succeeding.
Work began on the first stage of re-entering the West Coast mine's tunnel on Saturday.
Work on the attempt to re-enter Pike River mine's tunnel should begin this weekend.
Richard Holling's parents want their son's remains left at Pike River, and fear more lives could be lost by re-entering the mine.
Families of the dead Pike River miners are relieved they finally have Government backing to search for bodies.
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Families of men killed at the Pike River coalmine wait to hear if Cabinet has approved renewed efforts to recover bodies.
Officials consider plan to re-enter Pike River mine, which could be first step to recovering victims.
Police say there will be no criminal charges laid over the Pike River Mine disaster that claimed the lives of 29 men.
"Nothing has been paid by the Government [to Pike victims]. Not at all."
Pike River families are "brassed off" the trial of the coalmine's former boss has been shifted.
Former Pike River Coal boss Peter Whittall succeeds in bid to get his trial moved to Wellington.
"Critical failure by Pike River Coal in relation to ensuring the safety of any person entering the mine," Judge says.
Simon Bridges understands families are angry that no individual has been blamed for the Pike River coalmine explosion that killed 29 men.
A damning case against Pike River Coal was unveiled in the Greymouth District Court today.
Peter Whittall wants his trial shifted to Wellington because of hostility from the Greymouth community.
Families of Pike River victims hope PM John Key will agree to reclaim the mine where their loved ones died.
An investigation has been launched into whether failings by staff of the former Ministry of Economic Development contributed to the deaths of 29 men in an explosion at Pike River mine.
Pike River's former directors hit out at royal commission's belief profits were put ahead of safety.
For the past two years, Pike River families have had to grieve the heartbreaking loss of their 29 men in public.
About 160 family and friends of those killed in the Pike River mine tragedy gather for a second anniversary memorial.
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Families of the 29 men killed in Pike River blast will know by the end of the week whether mining experts consider body retrieval possible.
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Pike River bosses dispute they failed to ensure miners' safety prior to blast that killed 29 men.
A report into the Pike River coalmine disaster reveals NZ’s "Third World" health and safety record for mining, according to the lawyer for the grieving families.
The Royal Commission report on the Pike River mining disaster will be delivered to the Governor General tomorrow.
Screaming erupted in court by dead miners' family members after a Pike River drilling company was fined $46,800.
Peter Whittall says charges he failed to ensure worker safety are taking a huge toll "on everyone".
Government agrees to reconsider whether it will help with recovering the bodies of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine in 2010.
A lawyer for former Pike River chief executive Peter Whittall says parts of the commission of inquiry report may have to be suppressed to preserve "fair trial rights".
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The lives of 29 men at Pike River coalmine have been sacrificed in the pursuit of money, an emotional memorial service for driller Ben Rockhouse has heard.
Ben Rockhouse's family is holding what will be one of the final memorial services for the 29 men killed in the Pike River blast almost two years ago.
A drilling company has become the first party convicted after an investigation into the Pike River mine tragedy.
Fresh evidence by three former Pike River managers has sparked a call for the inquiry into the fatal mine blast to be re-opened.
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Peter Whittall spoke of his concerns about New Zealand workplace safety standards shortly before the Pike River mining disaster.
Gordon Ward won't talk about Pike River.
The families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine have quit their battle to retrieve the bodies.
A documentary on the Strongman mine disaster will be hard to watch for many West Coasters.
The man who refused to testify at the Pike River royal commission has broken his silence.
Pike River staff spoke of getting the coal mine closed down shortly before the tragedy, following a raft of safety concerns.
Pike managers have unfairly taken the blame for the tragedy, lawyer says.
A ''window of opportunity'' may have existed to re-enter the Pike River coalmine after the first explosion in November 2010.
A plea for mines inspections to be run by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate has been made at the Pike River inquiry.
"Unsurvivability" should have been considered earlier following the explosions at Pike River Mine, the royal commission has heard.
"Unsurvivability" should have been considered earlier following the explosions at Pike River Mine, Mines Rescue Service lawyer Garth Gallaway has told the royal commission into the tragedy.
Families of the Pike River 29 could wait up to five years before their relatives remains are recovered.
The last public hearings into the deaths of 29 men at Pike River coalmine in the fatal November 2010 explosion will begin on Monday.
Final submissions on the fatal explosion at Pike River mine are to be heard next week.
Tears from Pike River families at the news of the mine's sale to Solid Energy.
Nine staff at the Pike River coal mine have been laid off by the mine's receivers.
Photos show some Pike River workers survived the first explosion and had opened self-rescue kits.
Serious problems with methane gas drainage was highlighted to Pike River managers seven months before the coalmine exploded, the inquiry into the deaths of 29 men has heard.
Former Pike River Coal mine boss Peter Whittall is likely to give more evidence in his defence.
Financial pressures forced the location and size of hydro-mining at Pike River, the inquiry into 2010's fatal blast at the West Coast mine has heard.
Bitter clashes between managers and Pike River coalmine's former chief executive Peter Whittall have been revealed.
Only three days before Pike River coalmine exploded, its then-general manager called chief executive Peter Whittall ''a dodgy git'' and a liar.
Pike River's mine manager job-hunted in the minutes after its fatal November 2010 explosion.
Miners' families upset to hear former Pike GM was job hunting minutes after the mine exploded.
A flawed power supply at Pike River coalmine could have ignited the fatal November 2010 blast.
Pike River's electric system would have lit up ''like a Christmas tree'' when power to water pumps were switched on seconds before it exploded, an inquiry has heard.
Safety refuge inside Pike River coalmine would have failed to stop toxic gases, inquiry hears.
A probe into Pike River coalmine has uncovered major failings with ventilation controls.
Gas management and ventilation at Pike River coalmine has been criticised by experts.
A methane outburst has been revealed as the probable cause of the Pike River coalmine's explosion.
Pike River's fatal blast blamed on a roof collapse expelling gas in the mine, which a spark then ignited.
The lawyer for former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall has questioned the prosecution of him.
The EPMU has slammed ex-Pike River boss Peter Whittall's new mining consultancy business.
Pike River's former boss Peter Whittall has founded a new business which consults on issues such as mine safety.
Bodies of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster may not be recovered until 2017.
A police report on whether to charge anyone for the Pike River deaths will go for review.
Pike River receivers are on the brink of a breakthrough towards recovering the bodies of the 29 mine workers killed in a 2010 explosion.
Receivers for Pike River coal mine are adamant the mine remains unsafe to recover the bodies of 29 men killed in a fatal explosion.
The atmosphere in the Pike River coal mine is now safe for a body recovery mission, advocates say.
Pike River won't have a new owner before Christmas despite bids being due in October.
Pike River Coal boss Peter Whittall bullied the safety and training manager, the inquiry into the deaths of 29 men in November last year's fatal explosion has heard.
Former Pike River chief Peter Whittall was "autocratic" and would verbally attack managers, inquiry hears.
Pike River Coal's board would have acted differently if it knew of safety problems plaguing the mine before it exploded, the inquiry into the deaths of 29 men has heard.