Pike River Disaster

'No forgiveness' for Pike River

Pike River

An international drilling company has become the first to be convicted as a result of the Labour Department's Pike River investigation.

Pike River inquiry challenged


A family spokesman is confident the Pike River royal commission will decide correctly whether to resume public hearings.

Solid Energy takes control of Pike

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The new owners of Pike River say it will be years before the company knows if it can mine there.

Pike inquiry may hear new evidence


Evidence by three former Pike River managers may be publicly heard if the royal commission agrees to reconvene hearings.

Whittall worried at Kiwi safety

Peter Whittall

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

Now based on Australia's Gold Coast, Gordon Ward won't talk about Pike River.

Pike recovery 'not possible' now

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Most Pike River families accept that recovering bodies from the West Coast coalmine is currently impossible.

Families quit Pike bodies battle

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

Pike families threaten mine block

Don Elder

Pike families have threatened to block Solid Energy from coalmining if the 29 bodies are not recovered.

'PM broke promise to families'

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Widow says PM John Key broke his promise to families about money not being a barrier to body recovery.

Ex-Pike River boss riles families

Gordon Ward

Grieving families are angry about a "hollow" expression of sympathy from Gordon Ward.

Pike boss breaks silence

Pike River

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

'She's going to blow'

Pike River

Pike River staff spoke of getting the mine closed down shortly before the tragedy.

Lake centre site of memorial

Coal miner


A memorial to honour the hundreds of men who have died in mining accidents will rest in the middle of a lake.

Memorial for West Coast miners



A memorial will be placed in the middle of a Greymouth lake to honour the men who have lost their lives in mining accidents on the West Coast.

Pike inquiry sheds light on issues

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The Press

The royal commission into the deaths of 29 men at the Pike River coalmine in November 2010 finished on Wednesday. DEIDRE MUSSEN reports.

Body recovery families' sole focus

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Recovering the bodies of men in the Pike River is now the sole focus for the victims' families.

Pike River lawyer goes on attack



The lawyer for Peter Whittall and other Pike River managers says her clients have been unfairly blamed.

Emotions run high for families

Ross Wilson


A ''window of opportunity'' may have existed to enter the Pike River mine after the first blast, the inquiry into the tragedy has heard.

Solid Energy wants rules aligned

Solid Energy

The Press

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

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