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Pike River Royal Commission Final Hearings


Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy
Te Komihana a te Karauna mō te Parekura Ana Waro o te Awa o Pike

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Pike River Royal Commission Final Hearings

The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy will hold its final hearings from Monday 2 April in Greymouth.

The Commission has received 37 final submissions from participants addressing factual and/or policy issues which are to be considered by the Commission and responded to in its final report.

Representatives of fifteen participants will speak to their final submissions during the April hearings, which start at 9.30am on Monday. Almost 14 hours of submission time has been set aside.

The April hearings provide the opportunity for participants to speak to, and highlight aspects of, their submissions and to respond to the views of others.

The hearing plan is as follows:

Pike River Royal Commission
Final Submissions Hearings, Start 9.30am Monday 2 April

Group

Counsel/spokesperson

Time allocation

NZ Police

Simon Moore SC

1 hour

NZ Mines Rescue Service

Garth Gallaway

45 minutes
Department of Labour
Department of Conservation
Ministry of Economic Development
Ministry for the Environment
Kristy McDonald QC2.5 hours

McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited

Grant Nicholson

30 minutes

The Coal Association of NZ (incl.Straterra Inc)

Tony King

30 minutes

Solid Energy NZ Limited

Craig Stevens

1 hour

NZ Council of Trade Unions

Ross Wilson

30 minutes

NZ Amalgamated Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union

Nigel Hampton QC

1 hour

Neville Rockhouse

James Rapley

20 minutes

The Families

Nicholas Davidson QC

2.5 hours

Douglas White

John Haigh QC

45 minutes

Certain Directors, Officers and Managers of Pike River Coal Limited

Stacey Shortall

2.5 hours

The Commission will sit from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The hearings are scheduled to finish by 1.00pm Wednesday 4 April.

Once the final hearings are complete, the Commission will continue its work examining matters relating to Phase Four: Policy Aspects and considering the issues raised in its terms of reference. It is due to report to the Governor General by 28 September 2012.

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