Pike River realities surface . . .

At Twitter:


Video at ODT Online:

The father of one of the men killed in the Pike River mining disaster says the families have always believed the Government wasn’t telling the truth about mine safety.

Mon, 1 May 2017
ODT: Pike video shows men in mine after blast
The Government has long said high concentrations of methane inside the mine make it too risky to re-enter to retrieve the bodies of the 29 men killed in the November 2010 blast, because the gas could explode. But footage leaked to Newshub yesterday showed two Mines Rescue workers inside the mine three months after the explosion, with no gloves, apparently relaxed as they fashioned a makeshift cover for a robot out of cardboard and tape. The robot is seen to be steaming or smoking well inside the mine, but the workers do not panic – and nothing explodes. Bernie Monk, whose son Michael was killed in the November 2010 explosion in the West Coast coal mine, said the newly leaked footage did not come as a surprise. Cont/


At Twitter:


nzherald.co.nz Uploaded on Nov 23, 2010
Raw video: Robot camera inside Pike River mine
First pictures from inside the Pike River mine which show the miner’s helmet and mine damage.

Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum Published on Oct 21, 2013
Case Study: Pike River
View the full case study here:

Graeme Axford Published on Oct 31, 2014
Pike River families believe photos show bodies
Friday 31 Oct 2014 8:06 p.m.
It is understood that a decision from Solid Energy on whether it will allow recovery teams to re-enter the drift of the Pike River mine is imminent. The drift is not the mine itself, but the two-kilometre tunnel that leads to the mine.
Families of the victims are desperate for a mission to collect evidence and to see if there are any bodies in the drift.
They say if Solid Energy won’t do it, they will. They say they know there are bodies in the mine, and tonight, with their blessing and for the first time, we can show you their evidence. Dean Dunbar, the father of lost miner Joseph Dunbar, spoke with Campbell Live producer Kate McCallum. Watch the full interview with Dean Dunbar.

Division of Humanities, University of Otago Published on Jul 4, 2016
███ Pike River – How could this happen in this day and age?
Colin Smith, Chairman on the Pike River Families Group Committee and the Pike River 29 Legacy Trust, talks about the Pike River disaster and asks ‘how could this happen in this day and age’? Find out why the Pike River Families have fought so hard and for so long. Colin Smith is a law graduate from the University of Otago and is a partner with the Greymouth Law Firm Hannan & Seddon.

RNZ Published on Jan 23, 2017
Pike River survivor Daniel Rockhouse believes it’s safe to enter: RNZ Checkpoint
Pike River mine survivor Daniel Rockhouse believes the mine’s drift is safe to enter, and is willing to be among the first party that goes in.


davedobbynmusic Published on Dec 15, 2014
Dave Dobbyn – This Love (Live Perfomance)
‘This Love’ by Dave Dobbyn with the Orpheus Choir of Wellington is a moving tribute to the 29 men who died in the Pike River Mine explosion.
The piece was first performed at a concert attended by members of the miners’ bereaved families and was recorded by Radio NZ Concert. The choral arrangement is by Mark Dorrell. Also performing are Wellington Young Voices, Mark Vanilau (piano), Jo Barus (bass), Ross Burge (drums) and Chris Clark (cornet). With special thanks to TVNZ and Satellite Media – taken from the TVNZ documentary ‘Dreams Lie Deeper’.

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10 responses to “Pike River realities surface . . .

  1. tuppence

    Aren’t we lucky that we have an avowed Christian as our PM so we can count on him to do the right thing? Oh, that’s right, Catholics aren’t very good at holding enquiries and holding criminals in their flocks to account. So we can add the Pike River families to child victims of state abuse and victims of the NZDF to those who will be failed by our upstanding, honest, moral supposed-Leader and his abhorrence of enquiries. Lower than pondlife.

  2. Elizabeth

    mongchilde Uploaded on Jul 5, 2010
    Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (HQ)
    Lifted from “Pink Floyd The Wall” film. This video is actually comprised of two songs: “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” and “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2”. This video became the official video of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” after the release of the film in 1982. This single is by far Pink Floyd’s greatest ever mainstream success, instantly attaining classic status, and is perhaps their most famous piece of work. The poem read out by the schoolteacher is a direct reference to “Money”. The schoolteacher in this video was portrayed by the late, great, Scottish actor Alex McAvoy who passed away in June 2005.

  3. russandbev

    What intrigues me so far is that the Police say that this video was released to the Commission of Inquiry, to the families and to Rebecca Macfie who wrote the definitive book on Pyke. All say that they didn’t get it. So who do you believe? And English says “Ahh” and gets Nick Smith to rave on. Read Rebecca’s book and make up your own mind…

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Yeah it’s such an unimportant matter to those families, no wonder they forgot.
      You believe that?
      To whom is “forgetting” an advantage, to whom does it make their story look less shonky, who’s got a record of shapeshifting “facts”?

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    They were right about fire risk.
    Manageable by experienced mine rescue teams who can assess it due to training and experience and know about real safety limits & procedures.
    Not the same as extreme risk to suit wearers – risk of pants on fire.

  5. Elizabeth

    Tue, 2 May 2017
    ODT Editorial: Pike River ‘closure’ complicated
    It is possible many New Zealanders just want to move on from the Pike River Mine tragedy. […] The Pike River families have much to be angry about. Not only did they lose their men in New Zealand’s worst mining disaster in more than 100 years, a 2012 royal commission of inquiry found the disaster was a preventable tragedy, and there were failures at every level. […] If evidence has been withheld from the commission, the families and the public, that could shed light on the cause of the explosions and the state of re-entry, action must be taken for the good of all. It may be too late for justice, but authorities must learn from their mistakes and do the best possible by victims and their families. Cont/

  6. pb

    Let the men rest in peace. Pike is a giantic mausoleum. Too many have hitched their pet political causes to a tragedy, and the lessons have now been lost in the bureaucratic haze.

    Whittall went free. The regulators updated the ministry logos. The law books got three foot thicker, and none are the wiser.

    “If you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” Winston

  7. Elizabeth

    While manned entry is not supported, the Government may be considering an unmanned entry of the mine.

    Tue, 2 May 2017
    ODT: Possible unmanned entry of Pike River mine
    An aim of sending a robot deep into the Pike River mine drift is to see if there are bodies – although it’s unlikely they could be recovered if spotted, the Government says. Acting Conservation Minister for Pike River Issues Nick Smith faced more questions about the mine today, following publication of footage taken from a robot that entered the mine’s drift in 2011. Smith repeated Prime Minister Bill English’s statement that nothing in the video had changed the Government’s position that manned re-entry was not possible on health and safety grounds. But he said work was progressing on terms of reference for a possible unmanned entry. There were several key aims of unmanned entry, including getting more information about the mine’s drift beyond the 1600m mark. That could help ensure other mines operate safely, Smith said, and gather more information about the electrical and control stations at about the 2km mark. Cont/

  8. Elizabeth

    At Twitter:


    Police are working through historical records to determine what information was made available to the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

    Fri, 5 May 2017 at 10:06 a.m.
    NZ Herald: Police release more than 13 hours of video from inside Pike River
    Police have released more than 13 hours of video inside the Pike River mine drift taken by a robot four months after the deadly explosion. It was the fourth robot to enter the devastated West Coast coal mine in March 2011, six days after police handed control to receivers. Police say excerpts from this video were previously shown at family meetings in July that year. Selected extracts from the footage were shown publicly for the first time this week. Relevant sections of notes from family meetings on March 9 and 16 have also been released today which police say show discussion by Pike River Coal representatives of the robot’s entry to the mine and the outcome.
    Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said the video’s release was in response to a number of requests, including under the Official Information Act, from the families and media. Cont/

    █ P I K E ● R I V E R ● M I N E ● F O O T A G E
    Police has released more than 13 hours of video it holds which was taken by the 4th robot to enter the drift of the Pike River mine on or about 15 March 2011. This Western Australia-supplied robot was sent into the mine by the Pike River Coal receivers, six days after Police handed over control of the mine. This footage reflects video taken by cameras sited at different angles on the robot. We note there are some blank areas and duplicate imagery in the footage. The time stamps are also not all in sequential order, however this is exactly as the footage was supplied to NZ Police and has not been edited in any way.
    WATCH https://vimeopro.com/user66181559/pike-river-mine/video/215928073


    At Twitter:

  9. Elizabeth

    Dreams Lie Deeper from Satellite on Vimeo.

    [Explanation via TVNZ Wednesday 19 Nov 2014]
    PGR On the fourth anniversary of the Pike River disaster, Dreams Lie Deeper follows Dave Dobbyn as he embarks on a very personal journey to write a song in memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives. Link

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