Pike River Royal Commission Final Hearings

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy Te Komihana a te Karauna mō te Parekura Ana Waro o te Awa o Pike Wednesday 28 March 2012 Pike River Royal Commission Final Hearings The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy will hold …
Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy
Te Komihana a te Karauna mō te Parekura Ana Waro o te Awa o Pike

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Pike River Royal Commission Final Hearings

The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy will hold its final hearings from Monday 2 April in Greymouth.

The Commission has received 37 final submissions from participants addressing factual and/or policy issues which are to be considered by the Commission and responded to in its final report.

Representatives of fifteen participants will speak to their final submissions during the April hearings, which start at 9.30am on Monday. Almost 14 hours of submission time has been set aside.

The April hearings provide the opportunity for participants to speak to, and highlight aspects of, their submissions and to respond to the views of others.

The hearing plan is as follows:

Pike River Royal Commission
Final Submissions Hearings, Start 9.30am Monday 2 April
Group Counsel/spokesperson Time allocation
NZ Police Simon Moore SC 1 hour
NZ Mines Rescue Service Garth Gallaway 45 minutes
Department of Labour
Department of Conservation
Ministry of Economic Development
Ministry for the Environment
Kristy McDonald QC 2.5 hours
McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited Grant Nicholson 30 minutes
The Coal Association of NZ (incl.Straterra Inc) Tony King 30 minutes
Solid Energy NZ Limited Craig Stevens 1 hour
NZ Council of Trade Unions Ross Wilson 30 minutes
NZ Amalgamated Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union Nigel Hampton QC 1 hour
Neville Rockhouse James Rapley 20 minutes
The Families Nicholas Davidson QC 2.5 hours
Douglas White John Haigh QC 45 minutes
Certain Directors, Officers and Managers of Pike River Coal Limited Stacey Shortall 2.5 hours

The Commission will sit from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The hearings are scheduled to finish by 1.00pm Wednesday 4 April.

Once the final hearings are complete, the Commission will continue its work examining matters relating to Phase Four: Policy Aspects and considering the issues raised in its terms of reference. It is due to report to the Governor General by 28 September 2012.

ENDS

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