Pike River Recovery
Pike River Recovery Agency announced
The Government announced on 20 November 2017 the establishment of Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, a new stand-alone government department which will work in close partnership with the Pike River families to plan for decisions on the manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift.
The new agency will be established on 31 January 2018. An establishment unit within MBIE is in place to set up the new agency.
The Government is committed to transparency and the agency’s planning and decision-making processes will make sure families and their experts can provide input at every important stage.
It is expected that the agency will develop and execute a plan for complete recovery of the drift by the end of March 2019; however, timing will depend on the technical assessment.
The final decision on whether to re-enter the drift will be made by the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, Andrew Little, and informed by expert advice from the agency.
The Government and Pike River families strongly agree that safety is paramount. Existing health and safety legislation has been deemed fit for purpose and will apply.
Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, Andrew Little, has proactively released advice he has received on the establishment of Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency.