Advice on Pike River Recovery Agency

Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-Entry, has released advice on establishing the Pike River Recovery Agency.


Pike River Recovery Agency advice released

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little has released advice on the establishment of the Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa.

Mr Little says the Government is committed to being open and accountable, and there will be continued transparency as work progresses on the manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift.

“We’ve been up front with the families and public on what we are doing and that remains important in terms of trust and confidence in this process and its robustness.  That’s the sort of openness that this Government is committed to in how we work.

“The families have been clear that safety and transparency are priorities for them and we’re working side by side with them, making sure that they, and their experts, have a voice throughout this work.

“The decision to establish the Pike River Recovery Agency is an important milestone so people should see the information surrounding that decision. Once the agency’s up and running, it will operate on a transparent basis, making sure relevant information is in the public arena.”

The Pike River Recovery Agency will be established on 31 January 2018 by Order in Council. It is expected that the agency will create and execute a plan for complete recovery of the drift by the end of March 2019.

The documents released include the 20 November Cabinet paper and advice provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) ahead of the decision to create a stand-alone government department to plan for decisions on the manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift.

The documents are available at: 

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6 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  December 1, 2017

    Sounds good. We’ll see.

  2. One of a kind

     /  December 1, 2017

    Somehow I suspect that this department will become a slowly tightening noose around Little’s neck.

    Possible outcomes:
    – They dont go in based on safety reasons. Little appears a massive hypocrite.
    – They do go in a small distance – nothing is found. Little appears to have wasted money.
    – They go in, a further explosion occurs. Life is lost or injuries occur. Little (and the government) get held to blame.
    – They go in and find little left – ashes and a few bones. Manage to remove and retrieve them for burial. Only under this scenario does Little escape unscathed.

  3. Ray

     /  December 1, 2017

    I do wonder at the reasoning that allowed Andrew Little to lead this, with his vested interest.
    At the time of the 2010 explosion he was head of the EPMU which represented approximately half of the 140 miners on the site. He said there had been no problems at Pike River Coal and defended its safety record. (21 Nov 2010 Morning Report RNZ) and (NZH 22 Nov). The question that needs to be answered is why did he sit on his hands when members of his union had expressed concerns about the safety of the mine?

    https://nzagainstthecurrent.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/how-andrew-little-failed-pike-river.html

    • Gezza

       /  December 1, 2017

      Same reason he failed as Labour leader & was crashing the party in the polls. Clueless.

    • One of a kind

       /  December 1, 2017

      I think the answer is that he is expendable.

      If things go wrong then he is a suitable scapegoat to be sacked or prosecuted for H&S breaches.

      JA gets rid of her predecessor and keeps her hands clean.

      A poisoned chalice indeed.

  4. David

     /  December 1, 2017

    Anyone interested in a 500 buck bet that there wont be a manned entry into the mine itself in 2019.
    The families have been used as political pawns depriving them of acceptance and closure by Little, Ardern and Peters in a rather cruel way that their men will remain where they are. The taxpayers are funding this grubby little vote buying adventure. Arguably the grubbiest politics I can remember in contemporary times.