The first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the
series of explosion at the Pike River coal mine on the West
Coast which killed 29 workers was completed in Greymouth
today, with former company boss Peter Whittall testifying.
The Government should act now and appoint a chief inspector
of mines to improve mine safety standards, says a mine safety
expert, amid revelations calls from inside the Pike River
mine went to answerphone and subsequent fires at other coal