Pike River implementation
The major policy programme to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy concluded in December 2013.
This met the Government’s December 2012 commitment to respond to all the Commission’s recommendations within a year. The changes are being carried over with minimal change to align with the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 framework.
Legislation to establish the new workplace health and safety agency, WorkSafe New Zealand, and support new health and safety regulations for mining is now before Parliament where it will be considered by a select committee.
The Pike River Implementation Plan details how and when Government is responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.
This consultation closed on 1 July 2013.
The Government has established WorkSafe New Zealand, a stand-alone Crown Agent, as part of its reform of the New Zealand workplace health and safety system.
Read the report of the independent investigation, released 10 April 2013.
The Mines Rescue (Levy) Regulations 2014 were approved by the Executive Council on Monday 17 February and will come into force on 1 March 2014.
An emergency response protocol has been developed to ensure a coordinated response to any future major underground mining emergency.
People Come First will help managers in the mining, quarrying and tunnelling industries build and promote a strong health and safety culture in their operations.