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


News Update: February hearings start Wednesday 8

Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy


~ January 18, 2012 ~
February hearings start Wednesday 8 February
The Commission’s hearings on Phase Three entitled What happened at Pike River? will resume in Greymouth at 10.00am on Wednesday 8 February 2012.

Five witnesses are to be called during the hearings which are scheduled to finish by Friday 17 February.

The Commission will examine the cause of the explosions and the mine systems, with a focus on the elements that contributed to the initial explosion.

Australian experts to give evidence
Two Australian experts who gave advice as part of the Department of Labour investigative report will be called on to give insights into what happened at Pike River Coal Ltd.

David Reece, an Australian consultant who provided expertise on mine design and ventilation and Tony Reczek another Australian consultant who provided expertise on electrical issues will be among those to appear at the February hearings.

Pike River Royal Commission February Hearings Witness List

Hearings starting Wednesday 8 February 10.00am

Brett Murray, General Manager, National Services and Support, Department of Labour.

David Reece, Consultant from Australia providing expert advice on mine design, ventilation and other matters to the Department of Labour investigative team.

Hearings starting Monday 13 February 10.00am

Tony Reczek, Consultant from Australia providing expert advice on electrical issues to the Department of Labour investigative team.

Douglas White, Former General Manager, Pike River Coal Ltd.

Pieter van Rooyan, Former Manager, Technical Services, Pike River Coal Ltd.

Phase four: policy aspects work
The Commission is seeking input on the policy issues it needs to address and options for change.

This includes overseas mining regulation and practice, whether extra regulation is needed in New Zealand and the profile of an effective mining inspectorate.

The Commission has developed a series of questions it wants to consider as part of this work. They relate to mining regulation and recognised practice, the interaction between mining and other legal requirements (including conservation and the environment) and the resourcing and administration a mining inspectorate.

The list of questions is available here in Minute No.10.

The Commission expects to seek expert advice on the policy issues, and will also hold discussions with parties most affected by particular policy aspects.

Feedback on policy issues will be included in the final hearings planned for April.

Final submissions and final hearings scheduled for 2 April
A hearing has been scheduled starting on Monday 2 April in Greymouth to hear final submissions and feedback on policy issues.

This is subject to the Commission being granted an extension to its reporting date.

The Commission is seeking final written submissions from participants on any or all matters considered during the inquiry.

The final submissions hearing will provide an opportunity for both factual and policy questions to be debated in a public forum.

~ Key Dates ~
Wednesday 8 February – Friday 17 February: Phase 3 hearings

Friday March 16: Policy and final submissions due

Monday 2 April: Final hearings begin in Greymouth


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive the US economy, re-distribute wealth productively, help to build neglected and decaying public infrastructure, fund public health, address social inequality, restore a sense of community and generally make everyone feel better about the society in which they live... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Travel: Trans-Tasman Bubble To Start 19 April

New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels