Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Pike River Mission an Honour for Air Force Co-Pilot

Flight Lieutenant George McInnes with Bernie and Kath Monk, the parents of his best friend Michael, one of 29 miners who died in the Pike River mining tragedy.

Media Release

21 October 2013

Pike River Mission an Honour for Air Force Co-Pilot

As Flight Lieutenant George McInnes flew over the Pike River mine site yesterday his thoughts were with his best friend Michael Monk, one of 29 miners whose bodies remain in the mine below.

“I have to admit I was thinking of Michael and his family, but I had to push those thoughts to the back of my mind because we had an important job to do.” FLTLT McInnes said.

The pair forged a strong friendship at boarding school in Christchurch where they attended St Bede’s College and on leaving school they completed a gap year in Ireland together coaching rugby.

“When we came back to New Zealand Michael took up a builder’s apprenticeship on the coast and soon after I joined the Air Force,” FLTLT McInnes said.

When FLTLT McInnes heard that the NZ Defence Force was assisting with the mine re-entry phase he was among the first personnel requesting to go.

“It’s pretty special for me to be able to help out and it was really good to catch up with Michael’s parents Bernie and Kath Monk.”

FLTLT McInnes is one of three NH90 co-pilots assisting with the removal of material from around the top of the main ventilation shaft.

“We are certainly learning a lot while we are down here, it’s challenging work with underslung loads but the NH90s are proving to be very effective with the task.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news