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Pike River mine families shafted again by NZ government

Posted by te2ataria on May 1, 2017

On November 24, 2010, we wrote:

Did you see the F**KING PM [John Key] on the News YESTERDAY?

His face looked as pale as panda feces; his body language said it all. He knew  decision to seal the fate of the miners was already made. The government was not going to get any of them out of the blasted mine alive, and they needed a “closure” at explosive speeds!

“It is our belief that no-one has survived and everyone will have perished,” police superintendent Gary Knowles told reporters. He knew the Army had blown up the mine on PM’s order to have an excuse for wrapping up the rescue operations in Pike River coalmine.

NZ Army killed two Australians, two Britons, a South African and 24 New Zealanders. [Zombie Democracy: Apartheid Fort NZ Bog]

 

‘Inside the Pike River mine – what police never showed the families’ —Newshub

The video shows a robot going down the mine’s tunnel.

It has to dodge a hanging pipe and it comes across one of its own kind – the wreckage of a capsized robot that failed – before dodging its way past.

It’s very wet and the footage shows the robot needs some help, with two men inside too.

Wearing Mines Rescue uniforms and using breathing apparatus, they work casually and without gloves using a pocketknife and duct tape to make a piece of cardboard into a roof.

The robot’s journey ends when it gets to an abandoned loader as its way is blocked.

It gets into trouble – overheating – and emitting what appears to be smoke.

Until now, this video has been kept from the families of the 29 men killed, like Dean Dunbar, father of 17-year-old Joe Dunbar.

The footage is six years old, date-stamped March 15, 2011 – three months after the final explosion, and held by police ever since.

“How could they do this to Joseph and the other guys? Why?” Mr Dunbar says.

“They’ve had the footage; we haven’t.”

The Government, authorities and the mine’s controllers have always maintained it’s too dangerous to enter, which Mr Dunbar rejects.

“They created a situation of absolute danger; they made it look and sound explosive. It’s not,” he says.

“We’re going to peel back that litany of lies and expose it for what it is.”

The robot was in the mine’s access tunnel, known as a “the drift”, which was 2.3km long.

The wreckage it goes past is one of two Army robots, abandoned at either 800m or 1050m.

It gets 1570m down the tunnel, to the loader used by Russell Smith – a survivor who got out.

The final 730m are unexplored.

The families say this is crucial, because at 1900m there is an electrical substation that could have evidence, and also because survivor Daniel Rockhouse escaped from about that point as well – meaning there are potentially bodies left behind.

The mine was in police control at the time of the video, but police say it was not passed onto either the families or the Royal Commission because “it was assessed as having no evidential value”.

Mr Dunbar says that with no explosion, it proves going into the tunnel is safe and always has been.

“We shouldn’t have to convince the good people of New Zealand that your Government has been lying to you for so long, and we shouldn’t have to. These guys deserve better, mate,” he says.

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Photos of 24 of the 29 trapped miners who were murdered after NZ Army exploded the Pike River coalmine on orders from NZ PM John Key.

THE VICTIMS LIST

Conrad John Adams, Malcolm Campbell, Glen Peter Cruse, Allan John Dixon, Zen Wodin Drew, Christopher Peter Duggan, Joseph Ray Dunbar, John Leonard Hale, Daniel Thomas Herk, David Mark Hoggart, Richard Bennett Holling, Andrew David Hurren, Jacobus (Koos) Albertus Jonker, William John Joynson [Australian,] Riki Steve Keane, Terry David Kitchin, Samuel Peter Mackie, Francis Skiddy Marden, Michael Nolan Hanmer Monk, Stuart Gilbert Mudge, Kane Barry Nieper, Peter O’Neill, Milton John Osborne, Brendan John Palmer, Benjamin David Rockhouse, Peter James Rodger, Blair David Sims, Joshua Adam Ufer, Keith Thomas Valli.

List of the Foreigners Killed

The two Australians were William Joynson, 49, and Joshua Ufer, 25. The two Britons were Malcolm Campbell, 43, and Peter Rodger, 40. The South African miner was Jacobus Jonker, 47.

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Grave Secrets in the Pike River Mine

Posted by te2ataria on December 17, 2016

Protesters and the gate would remain, for now!

Family members and supporters of the 29 men [murdered] at Pike River in 2010 have blocked the Pike River mine access road for nearly 7 weeks after a landowner gifted them a privately-owned section of the road.

The protesters are blocking the access road to prevent mine owners Solid Energy permanently sealing it with concrete before the drift – a tunnel leading into the mine – is explored.

“However, on Saturday it emerged that a 1992 agreement between Pike River Coal and the landowner over ownership of the access road was never registered on the title.”

The gate and the protesters would stay put, while lawyers for the victims families consider their legal position, said protest leader Bernie Monk.

“We won’t be moving. If we have to leave the gate open we will. But they’ll have to drive across 29 crosses we’ve got on the road.

“We are not letting them seal off a crime site.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87654735/solid-energy-may-be-able-to-access-pike-river

What did NZ Herald version of the story say?

Pike River protestors told to move on
1:55 PM Saturday Dec 17, 2016

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“Pike River is a crime-scene” –Bernie Monk

Posted by te2ataria on December 12, 2016

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Owner of Pike River mine’s access road gifts victims’ families legal control of the road

Colin Van der Geest, owner of Logburn Farm, where the mine’s access road is located, said he was “happy” for the families of the 29 men who were killed in the 2010 explosion to stage protests on his land until “the best possible conclusion has been reached,” according to a statement published by Newshub.

Good on ya, bro!

Victims’ families will now be able to set up a road block to Prevent Solid Energy’s attempts to seal the Pike River mine.

Pike River families’ spokesman Bernie Monk, who lost his son Michael in the disaster, said protestors would physically block the road tomorrow morning, preventing cement trucks from accessing the mine and sealing its entrance.

Van der Geest wrote in his letter his family had “deep sympathy” what the Pike River families had been going through and “respect your right to take this action”.

“We’ll be blockading it. If anyone passes that without our permission, we’ll be serving trespass notices on them,” he told Newshub.

Monk said the Department of Conservation would be granted access, as would anyone completing safety work.

“We’ll be in Wellington on Tuesday to take our new expert plan for re-entry to Bill English. He has the chance to do what his predecessor [John Key] wouldn’t and call off the sealing of the mine.

“Pike River is a crime-scene and we want to get into the drift to recover our loved ones’ remains and the evidence that might be down there.

“We’ve got a plan to do it and we’re not going to let the opportunity to get answers get buried under hundreds of tons of concrete,” Monk said.

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How to Asset-Strip a Country in One PM Term

Posted by te2ataria on January 26, 2011

John Key reveals plan for asset-stripping New Zealand

The ‘Smiling Assassin’ will drive the getaway car!

Never before have so few caused so much harm to an entire country in such short space of time!

John Key says he is eying sales of country’s key state assets, especially the three large energy generators and coal company Solid Energy, to  lower borrowing.

“Prime Minister John Key, in his first major speech of the year, said Treasury would be asked to advise on the merits of selling up to 49 per cent of Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, Genesis and Solid Energy.” Said a report.

What about Air New Zealand

He will also look at selling some of the government’s existing shares in Air NZ, but will try maintaining a majority stake in the company.

The value of the state’s prime assets?

Above and beyond any banker’s wildest dreams! The three large state-owned generators, Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy and Genesis have a combined value of $11.75 billion, and earn more than $700 million a year.

Now you see them, now you don’t!

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