The families of the men killed in explosions at Pike River will be briefed this morning on the Government decision on whether to re-enter the mine.
Pike River Coal
It was impossible not to be moved by the harrowing victim impact statements read during Pike River Coal Ltd's sentencing hearing in the Greymouth District Court this week.
Pike River Coal Ltd did not fight 10 charges in the Greymouth District Court today arising from the fatal mine explosion that killed 29 men underground in November 2010.
The former chief executive of the Pike River Mine, Gordon Ward, has broken his silence on the disaster, but still hasn't explained why he would not appear at the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Police and former Pike River managers Neville Rockhouse and Doug White are three of 15 groups preparing to have a say before the Pike River Royal Commission holds its final hearings next week in Greymouth.
Angry Pike River Mine families have slammed the former mine manager for sending an email about a new job 17 minutes after the explosion that killed 29 men underground.
Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall has broken down while telling families of his immense regret at the way he told them their loved ones were dead.
New Zealand Oil and Gas yesterday received praise for its corporate responsibility in agreeing to provide early payouts to Pike River Coal Ltd's unsecured creditors.
The original blast on the afternoon of November 19 at Pike River lasted 50 seconds, as recorded on the mine's closed circuit television.
Pike River Coal contractors pushing for the company to be put into liquidation should tread carefully, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
The families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River Coal mine disaster want the truth and nothing less, the Royal Commission of Inquiry's preliminary hearing was told today.
Family members of the 29 men killed in the Pike River Coal mine disaster say they will not accept receivers putting a dollar value on getting their men out.
The receivers of Pike River Coal say unsecured creditors owed more than $31 million - including $15 million to tradesmen and almost $3 million to employees - are "unlikely" to be paid.
There's a "strong possibility" Pike River Coal mine contractors will never receive money owed to them, a receiver says.
Listed New Zealand Oil and Gas may get up to 50% - or $33 million - back from the business interruption insurance cover of Pike River Coal.
The receivers of Pike River Coal intend meeting company employees this morning to brief them on their position.
About 200,000 share trades in Pike River Coal stock were reversed yesterday after the New Zealand stock exchange closed for the 2pm memorial service for the missing 29 miners but inadvertently, the Pike stock was allowed to come off a 13-day trading halt.
Interest remains high in the South Island's deposits of high-grade specialist hard-coking coal for export, and its poor cousin, low-grade lignite - southern resources long measured in billions of tonnes.
Hard-coking coal specialist Pike River Coal has been provided a short-term facility of up to $25 million by majority owner New Zealand Oil & Gas.
Pike River Coal is having to look for more money to pay for the development of its West Coast coal mine.