Pike River mine disaster

Pike re-entry decision may be delayed

Bernie Monk

A decision on whether to re-enter the Pike River mine tunnel may be deferred to consider more expert evidence.

Payout to Pike River families

Pike River

Some Pike River families have received their $110,000 payout as part of the $3.4 million deal.

Pike: 'Inappropriate' to intervene

John Key in Wellington

PM says his hands tied over decision to drop charges against former Pike River boss Peter Whittall.

'Not appropriate' to continue Pike case

Peter Whittall

MBIE says prosecuting Pike River ex-CEO would be costly and had a low chance of succeeding.

Pike retrieval begins

Pike River mine

Work began on the first stage of re-entering the West Coast mine's tunnel on Saturday.

Pike River re-entry begins

Pike River

Work on the attempt to re-enter Pike River mine's tunnel should begin this weekend.

Couple want son to stay in mine

Pike River Richard Holling

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.

Light at end of the tunnel

Pike River mine

Families of the dead Pike River miners are relieved they finally have Government backing to search for bodies.

Re-entry decision made

Pike River mine


Families of men killed at the Pike River coalmine wait to hear if Cabinet has approved renewed efforts to recover bodies.

Pike River mine re-entry plan

Pike River

Officials consider plan to re-enter Pike River mine, which could be first step to recovering victims.

No Pike criminal charges

Pike River

Police say there will be no criminal charges laid over the Pike River Mine disaster that claimed the lives of 29 men.

Hollow Pike compo win

Pike River

"Nothing has been paid by the Government [to Pike victims]. Not at all."

Move to Wellington upsets families

Peter Whittall

Pike River families are "brassed off" the trial of the coalmine's former boss has been shifted.

Ex Pike boss to get Wellington trial

Peter Whittall

Former Pike River Coal boss Peter Whittall succeeds in bid to get his trial moved to Wellington.

Pike River failings

Pike River Mine

"Critical failure by Pike River Coal in relation to ensuring the safety of any person entering the mine," Judge says.

Learn from Pike tragedy - Minister

Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges understands families are angry that no individual has been blamed for the Pike River coalmine explosion that killed 29 men.

Court told of mine safety failures

Pike River

A damning case against Pike River Coal was unveiled in the Greymouth District Court today.

Ex-Pike boss seeks trial shift

Peter Whittall

Peter Whittall wants his trial shifted to Wellington because of hostility from the Greymouth community.

PM to meet Pike families

John Key

Families of Pike River victims hope PM John Key will agree to reclaim the mine where their loved ones died.

Ministry launches Pike River probe

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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.

Safety 'trumped profit' at Pike River

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Pike River's former directors hit out at royal commission's belief profits were put ahead of safety.

Pike families gather

Malcolm Campbell

For the past two years, Pike River families have had to grieve the heartbreaking loss of their 29 men in public.

Private service for Pike

pike memorial

About 160 family and friends of those killed in the Pike River mine tragedy gather for a second anniversary memorial.

The tragedy of Kiwi ingenuity


Rod Oram

OPINION: Pike River exposes the brutal reality behind New Zealand's "she'll be right" culture.

Pike River details omitted

Pike River

Pike River's former directors all neglect to disclose their company roles in their online biographies.

Experts assess Pike body recovery

Pike River

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.

Pike report like 'horror story'

Pike River

Experts say NZ's reputation has been damaged by the "horror story" in a report into the Pike River disaster. | What have I done wrong, asks minister

'What have I done wrong?'

kate wilkinson

Minister emotional when asked why she hadn't resigned from Cabinet over Pike River disaster. | Report 'chilling' | Ministry reacts

Report reveals laxity of NZ law

The danger of methane - flames pour from a ventilation shaft after the fourth explosion in the Pike River Mine.

OPINION: John Key called the Pike report sobering. How about chilling and incomprehensible?

Miners exposed to 'unacceptable risk'

Labour Minister Wilkinson quits portfolio

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Pike River bosses dispute they failed to ensure miners' safety prior to blast that killed 29 men.

NZ's mine safety record 'Third World'

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.

Pike River report ready

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The Royal Commission report on the Pike River mining disaster will be delivered to the Governor General tomorrow.

Angry outburst at Pike sentencing

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Screaming erupted in court by dead miners' family members after a Pike River drilling company was fined $46,800.

Ex Pike River boss denies charges

Peter Whittall

Peter Whittall says charges he failed to ensure worker safety are taking a huge toll "on everyone".

Pike recovery revisted

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Government agrees to reconsider whether it will help with recovering the bodies of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine in 2010.

Suppression possible for Pike report

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".

Miners' 'sacrificed for money'

ben rockhouse

DEIDRE MUSSEN - Sunday Star Times

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.

Pike victim's family to hold service


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.

Pike drilling firm pleads guilty

Pike River

A drilling company has become the first party convicted after an investigation into the Pike River mine tragedy.

New Pike evidence call

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Fresh evidence by three former Pike River managers has sparked a call for the inquiry into the fatal mine blast to be re-opened.

Whittall worried at Kiwi safety

Peter Whittall

NEIL REID - Sunday Star Times

Peter Whittall spoke of his concerns about New Zealand workplace safety standards shortly before the Pike River mining disaster.

Former Pike boss shuts up shop

Gordon Ward

Gordon Ward won't talk about Pike River.

Families decide to quit Pike battle

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The families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine have quit their battle to retrieve the bodies.

Strongman mine doco 'hard to watch'

Strongman mine

A documentary on the Strongman mine disaster will be hard to watch for many West Coasters.

Pike boss breaks silence

Pike River

The man who refused to testify at the Pike River royal commission has broken his silence.

Mine warning: 'She's going to blow'

Pike River

Pike River staff spoke of getting the coal mine closed down shortly before the tragedy, following a raft of safety concerns.

Pike lawyer on attack


Pike managers have unfairly taken the blame for the tragedy, lawyer says.

Mine entry may have been possible

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A ''window of opportunity'' may have existed to re-enter the Pike River coalmine after the first explosion in November 2010.

Solid Energy wants rules aligned

Solid Energy

A plea for mines inspections to be run by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate has been made at the Pike River inquiry.

Mine 'unsurvivability' decision too late

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"Unsurvivability" should have been considered earlier following the explosions at Pike River Mine, the royal commission has heard.

'Unsurvivability' decision needed earlier

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"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.

Long wait for Pike River families

Families of the Pike River 29 could wait up to five years before their relatives remains are recovered.

Final Pike River hearings to get under way

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The last public hearings into the deaths of 29 men at Pike River coalmine in the fatal November 2010 explosion will begin on Monday.

Pike River submissions near end

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Final submissions on the fatal explosion at Pike River mine are to be heard next week.

Pike sale 'exciting news'

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Tears from Pike River families at the news of the mine's sale to Solid Energy.

Pike River miners lose jobs

marty palmer

Nine staff at the Pike River coal mine have been laid off by the mine's receivers.

Shock find at Pike River

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Photos show some Pike River workers survived the first explosion and had opened self-rescue kits.

Pike: Methane drainage problems

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.

Whittall may testify over criticisms

Peter Whittall

Former Pike River Coal mine boss Peter Whittall is likely to give more evidence in his defence.

Pike inquiry hears from last witness

Pieter Van Rooyen

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.

'No love lost' between Pike managers

Bitter clashes between managers and Pike River coalmine's former chief executive Peter Whittall have been revealed.

Manager: Whittall's a dodgy git


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 boss tells of job-hunt emails


Pike River's mine manager job-hunted in the minutes after its fatal November 2010 explosion.

Pike families upset at revelations


Miners' families upset to hear former Pike GM was job hunting minutes after the mine exploded.

System 'could have caused explosion'

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A flawed power supply at Pike River coalmine could have ignited the fatal November 2010 blast.

Pike electrical system 'flawed'


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.

Pike safety refuge criticised

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Safety refuge inside Pike River coalmine would have failed to stop toxic gases, inquiry hears.

Expert scathing over mine's safety

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A probe into Pike River coalmine has uncovered major failings with ventilation controls.

Mine's vent system 'unable to cope'

Gas management and ventilation at Pike River coalmine has been criticised by experts.

Methane spark likely cause of blast

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A methane outburst has been revealed as the probable cause of the Pike River coalmine's explosion.

Collapse caused Pike tragedy

Brett Murray, Labour Department

Pike River's fatal blast blamed on a roof collapse expelling gas in the mine, which a spark then ignited.

Lawyer doubts charges

Peter Whittall

The lawyer for former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall has questioned the prosecution of him.

Whittall move a 'slap in the face'

Peter Whittall

The EPMU has slammed ex-Pike River boss Peter Whittall's new mining consultancy business.

Safety role for Pike boss

Peter Whittall

Pike River's former boss Peter Whittall has founded a new business which consults on issues such as mine safety.

Pike River recovery years away

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Bodies of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster may not be recovered until 2017.

Pike River report reviewed

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A police report on whether to charge anyone for the Pike River deaths will go for review.

Pike River body recovery closer

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Pike River receivers are on the brink of a breakthrough towards recovering the bodies of the 29 mine workers killed in a 2010 explosion.

Pike River mine 'still lethal'

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Receivers for Pike River coal mine are adamant the mine remains unsafe to recover the bodies of 29 men killed in a fatal explosion.

Pike 'now safe'

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The atmosphere in the Pike River coal mine is now safe for a body recovery mission, advocates say.

No Pike sale before Christmas

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Pike River won't have a new owner before Christmas despite bids being due in October.

Pike River 'bullying'


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.

'Whittall's way or the highway'


Former Pike River chief Peter Whittall was "autocratic" and would verbally attack managers, inquiry hears.

Pike board 'unaware of dangers'

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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.