Minister steps down after Pike River report
5 November 2012
Minister steps down after Pike River
Hon Kate Wilkinson has resigned as
Labour Minister, effective today, following today’s
release of the report from the Royal Commission on the Pike
River Coal Mine tragedy.
“The Pike River Mine
tragedy of 19 November 2010 happened on my watch as Minister
of Labour,” says Ms Wilkinson.
from the former Department of Labour did not advise me of
concerns about their ability to administer the health and
safety legislation, 29 men lost their lives in this
“I feel it is the right and honourable
thing to do,” Ms Wilkinson says.
Government’s response to the recommendations will be
Hon Chris Finlayson has been
appointed by Prime Minister John Key as acting Minister of
Ms Wilkinson retains her Ministerial warrant
and other portfolios.
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