NOTE: see our Pike River pages for further information on the background to this disaster, particularly read the investigative report written … read the downloadable pdf ‘Murder at Pike River MIne?’ file by Dr Jacob Cohen.
Police are preparing to open a new investigation into the Pike River explosion – and are open to laying criminal charges.
Newshub has learned the country’s highest-ranking investigator, Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers, was in Greymouth last week.
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In addition, Police Commissioner Mike Bush has secretly met with families for the first time since NZ Police closed the case in 2013.
The new investigation is reliant on access being gained to the mine’s access tunnel or drift.
Asst Cmmr Chambers, who is responsible for investigations, and Det Supt Peter Read attended the meeting with the Pike River Recovery Agency at the New Zealand Mines Rescue at Rapahoe, just outside Greymouth last week.
The pair with Pike River families representatives Bernie Monk and Anna Osborne.
Asst Cmmr Chambers also visited the Pike River Memorial, but not the mine itself.
“Police would have a dual role should re-entry to the drift be achieved,” a statement issued to Newshub read.