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Loader driven by Russell Smith recovered - PRRA

Thursday, 6 August, 2020 - 16:00

A loader driven by former miner Russell Smith at the time of the Pike River Mine explosion has now been recovered from 1581m up the 2.3km drift access tunnel.

NZ's newest Great Walk the Paparoa track opened

Saturday, 30 November, 2019 - 12:00

New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa Track, was officially opened in Blackball today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage alongside the family members of the Pike 29 and Ngāti Waewae. Local mayors and MP for the West Coast Hon Damien O’Connor were also in attendance.

MPs welcome West Coast's new Great Walk

Saturday, 30 November, 2019 - 11:21

Former Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and National’s West Coast spokesperson Maureen Pugh welcome the official opening of the Paparoa Track on the West Coast.

Wet weather slip causes issues on Paparoa Track

Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 - 14:51

The official opening of the new Paparoa Track will go ahead as planned with a special ceremony in Blackball on Saturday 30 November 2019 despite a slip closing the middle section of the track.

Nine years since Pike Mine disaster

Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 - 09:51

"Today we remember the disaster at Pike River Mine nine years ago on the 19 November 2010. Nine years ago today 29 men went to work at Pike River Mine on the West Coast of the South Island. Nine years ago today 29 men expected to return home to their families and friends.

Pike River re-entry - Andrew Little

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 14:11

More than eight years after 29 men went to work at the Pike River Coal Mine and never came home, the promise to re-enter the mine drift has been honoured.

Safe comes first, Pike River re-entry delayed - Little

Thursday, 2 May, 2019 - 12:46

"Yesterday unexpected and unexplained readings were reported by the atmospheric monitoring systems in the Pike River mine, leading to re-entry operations being suspended," Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little has confirmed today.

DOC asks public to have their say on West Coast conservation management strategy amendment

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 11:14

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is seeking the views of the public on draft amendments to the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Conservation Management Strategy 2010 (CMS).

Drilling and equipment contracts finalised for Pike River Mine

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019 - 11:08

Contracts for Pike River Mine drilling and mining equipment have now been largely finalised.

Rae backing the West Coast

Friday, 4 January, 2019 - 11:49

Trainer Kenny Rae is a long-time supporter of the West Coast racing circuit and he believes that John Messara’s recommendation of racecourse consolidation in the area is misguided.