Mark Price

Good buys, without leaving home

Good buys, without leaving home

They're often more expensive and they're often harder to find. But would a New Zealand-made gift, rather than an imported one, be the patriotic choice this Christmas, considering the country already owes at least $61,000,000,000 overseas? Mark Price reports.

Mine's future hangs on cause of blast

Mine's future hangs on cause of blast

The future of the Pike River Coal mine, north of Greymouth, hangs on whether the cause of the explosion that killed 29 miners there can be pinpointed.

Mourners get first chance to visit site

Mourners get first chance to visit site As many as 500 people with family connections to the 29 miners lost in the Pike River disaster will today be taken on buses to the coal mine.

Recovery operation planning begins

Recovery operation planning begins

It is hoped a machine which has arrived from Queensland this morning will provide recovery teams with their best chance of entering the Pike River Coal mine, but it could be after Christmas before the bodies of the 29 men are retrieved.

Hard decisions for Pike River board

Hard decisions for Pike River board

Pike River chairman John Dow said yesterday the company did "have to keep the lights on and we do have to keep the company running" when asked about the company's financial future.

'A nation in mourning'

'A nation in mourning' Grief overtook Greymouth last night. Hundreds took part in a candlelight vigil at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and others gathered at homes or pubs as the town mourned the loss of 29 men in the Pike River Coal mine disaster.

Second explosion at mine; no hope of survivors

Second explosion at mine; no hope of survivors UPDATED:

Police have confirmed there was an explosion at the Pike River coal mine on the West Coast today and they believe there is no chance any of the 29 miners survived.

The thrust of Parry

The thrust of Parry

Otago Daily Times columnist Gordon Parry has celebrated 90 years of life and 65 years in the media with a new book - his 35th publication. Memories at 90 draws on the experiences of this evergreen Dunedin newspaper "reporter" - from commuting by cable car to thoughts on writing his own obituary. Mark Price reports.

Butcher hits out at mayor

Butcher hits out at mayor

Cr Fliss Butcher has launched a scathing attack on Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, accusing him of political and gender bias in the selection of Dunedin City Council committees.