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It’s been revealed that when White Island emergency calls began Police & rescue services decided not to go – the first responders were NZ citizens

Thanks to reader Jo Blogs for this link… (for background info read this post):

“Those nearby, and back on the mainland, reacted instantly and humanely. They ran, flew, and sped by boat toward the danger. Politicians and officials have praised these as “first responders”. Their use of the phrase was a dishonest attempt to hide that these people were not official first responders, but ordinary people. “

From stuff.co.nz

OPINION: The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island last week exposed a growing institutional cowardice among emergency services, particularly police, that affects their usefulness to citizens.

When the eruption occurred, and the emergency calls started on Monday afternoon, police and rescue services decided that they would not head to the island to help.

It was left to my fellow citizens to respond with māia (courage). Those nearby, and back on the mainland, reacted instantly and humanely. They ran, flew, and sped by boat toward the danger.

Politicians and officials have praised these as “first responders”. Their use of the phrase was a dishonest attempt to hide that these people were not official first responders, but ordinary people.

READ MORE:
* Finding answers for grieving families
* Recovery plan under way as ash threatens to entomb bodies
* Recovery teams leave island empty handed after search for bodies

Mark Law, a helicopter pilot with Kāhu​ NZ, heard that emergency services were not heading to White Island. He and others, including Tim Barrow and colleagues from Volcanic Air, flew out and landed on the island. They rescued some survivors – particularly members of the group that had been closest to the erupting crater.

Law hauntingly describes the island soon after the eruption as “silent”. The air permeated by gases and ground dusted with ash. Survivors, their burns awful to comprehend, weakly called for help. Our untrained heroes were there for them. Our trained rescue services were not.

When police finally got their act together, they used their authority to prevent further private rescues or body recovery.

Let’s assume that, as some people seem to be arguing, it is OK for state professionals, trained for, paid for, and possibly even keen to respond to emergencies, to refuse to attend one.

It does not follow that they can prevent others from assessing risk differently and taking it. But I believe that the official cordon was a kind of post-incident justification for managerial cowardice.

Police also used an official flight over the island, and brief landing on it, to provide “evidence” justifying their decisions. These flights usefully allowed officials to claim there were no signs of life, and that conditions on the island were not conducive to a rescue.

The flight did not see all the bodies.  The helicopter crew that landed and concluded unsafe conditions was clearly wrong, as brave people had already landed and effected a rescue.

Police divers prepare to search the waters near Whakaari/White Island for missing bodies on Saturday.
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Police divers prepare to search the waters near Whakaari/White Island for missing bodies on Saturday.

The state made a big deal about the risk in recovery of bodies. GNS estimated the risk of a second eruption at higher than 50 per cent. Police used that percentage, and the GNS risk zone maps, to justify the decision not to recover bodies. Neither of these are go/don’t go assessments. The complexity of the volcano, and the uncertainty built into those numbers, means they are not thresholds for action.

Despite the risk and continued “level 2” status, daring Defence Force teams finally undertook a speedy recovery of most of the bodies. Then the police claimed the same conditions meant there could be no further recovery action.

The GNS risk measurements were a prop. The decision to go in was based on very human factors: personnel who are ready to volunteer, families who are waiting, international attention, and politicians not enjoying the public pressure.

Mark Blackham: "The response to the White Island tragedy is a stark insight into the continued creep of managerialism."
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Mark Blackham: “The response to the White Island tragedy is a stark insight into the continued creep of managerialism.”

When, in 2012, I criticised police prevention of rescue of workers at Pike River mine, I blamed the insidious creep of “managerialism”; a preference for process over action. Cultural trends, such as fixations on health and safety, infect management systems with an endless loop of passing responsibility.

The response to the White Island tragedy is a stark insight into the continued creep of managerialism. It undermines the ability of state services to help citizens, but empowers it to infantilise us.

We’re discouraged from acting on our own, and forced to bow to experts. Yet systems and fancy talk prevent experts taking substantive action for fear of career, safety, or arbitrary consequences for taking the “wrong” action. In these environments, there are no career prospects for heroes.

What White Island tells you is that, when disaster occurs, you really are on your own. It may be time for citizens to make private provision for security and emergency; collectively or commercially purchasing or organising policing, rescue and fire response.

The state’s sophistication has cemented inaction. The police and government are turning cowardice into a professional duty. I see no value in paying for it through my taxes. It certainly makes them unfit to tell us what to do.

As citizens, it is down to us to help ourselves. To paraphrase our brave pilot Mark Law: “We must take care of our own business.”

* Mark Blackham is a director of Wellington-based BlacklandPR.

SOURCE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/118219897/after-whakaariwhite-island-its-up-to-us-to-save-ourselves

 

PRESS RELEASE: Independent Testing Shows North Beach Wildlife Poisoned by 1080 (Sodium Monofluoroacetate)

Note: 1. “The full results of these independent tests are on Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa’s website and copies will be sent to relevant government agencies and MPs.”

2. The link to the results has disappeared once already (showing an error sign). Please alert me in the comments or the contact page if this happens again.


Press Release on behalf of:

Flora & Fauna of Aotearoa, Incorporated Society 2735472
www.floraandfaunaaotearoa.co.nz
Clean Green New Zealand Trust Registered Charity CC54185. https://cleangreennz.wordpress.com/

Independent Testing Shows Wildlife Poisoned by 1080 (Sodium Monofluoroacetate)

Two non-profit environmental groups in New Zealand have today published independent test results indicating that 1080 poison was the likely cause of death at an environmental catastrophe in Westport, New Zealand. On November 9th, 2019, one week after a Department of Conservation (DoC) aerial 1080 poison operation 140 kms upstream, dead wildlife washed down the flooded Buller River. Hundreds of potentially toxic carcasses of rats, a goat, birds and numerous aquatic species were strewn across the public beach at Westport.

The full results of tests undertaken by an independent laboratory, using the latest methodology (see note below) and equipment, include samples taken from 5 rats, 1 weka, 2 shearwaters, 1 starfish and 6 mussels. The samples from 4 of the 5 rats tested positive for three chemical markers of 1080 poison, including the toxic chemical, fluorocitrate. This was also the case for both the shearwater birds. The starfish and weka also tested positive for fluorocitrate. There were no traces of 1080 detected in the mussels. The tests included stomach and intestines of samples extracted from carcasses collected from the beach and Buller River by volunteers. For the security and safety of the independent chemists involved, the identity of the laboratory has been withheld.

These findings contradict claims by DoC on Wednesday, which stated 1080 was not found in any of the wildlife tested. This raises serious questions about the methodology employed by the laboratories commissioned to undertake DoC’s testing. It appears from their lab reports (published on DoC’s website) that the samples were only tested for the presence of the active ingredient, fluoroacetate. But as Prof Shaw, toxicologist from the University of Canterbury pointed out, because of the delay in testing this would have already been broken down into other substances, for example, fluorocitrate. Scientifically valid toxicological testing requires the most up-to-date, and accurate methods to be used, and in the case of testing for 1080, that means analysis of the metabolic chemical markers of the poison from a variety of sources within the carcass. There are other serious discrepancies in DoC’s claims and associated toxicology reports. The number of rats tested is inconsistent, and in the pathology report of the weka it was noted “both lungs exuding frothy pink fluid”, a common symptom in animals that have been victims of 1080 poisoning.

The full results of these independent tests will be made publicly available on Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa’s website and copies sent to relevant government agencies and MPs. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa and Clean Green NZ Trust, along with their volunteer supporters and many thousands of concerned New Zealand citizens, are calling on the government to act now to protect public health by initiating an immediate independent investigation into this tragic incident and stopping all aerial 1080 poison operations before more wildlife are harmed.

Note to Journalists: Sodium Monofluoroacetate (Compound 1080) is a highly toxic, inhumane, synthetic metabolic poison. It has no antidote. It is banned in many countries. The sublethal effects of the poison on humans are unknown, however it’s a proven endocrine disruptor and impacts upon the body’s major organs. It is manufactured in the USA by Tull Chemicals and transported to New Zealand’s two Government-funded poison bait factories, where it is mixed with cereal or other substances perceived to be attractive to ‘pest’ species (e.g. rats and possums). Tonnes of poison baits are regularly and systematically distributed via helicopters over thousands of hectares of New Zealand’s land and waterways – including drinking water catchments. For over 65 years of this practice New Zealanders have voiced their increasing concern about the negative impact of this indiscriminate poisoning, not only on wildlife, but on public health too, from contamination of the food chain. To date, there has been no independent studies of the claimed ‘effectiveness’ of this policy and no epidemiological research has been undertaken

NB Lab is accredited with ISO9001; 17025; 27000 QMS
Methodology is based upon the Pitt protocol (2015): biological material was removed from the frozen carcass, then an accurately weighed portion was homogenized using a polytron 3000 into extraction solvent. This solvent liquor was then cleaned-up and the cleaned pregnant solvent analyzed using HPLC with both Time of Flight, linear ion trap mass spectroscopy and fluorescence to check against standards containing fluoroacetate and fluorocitrate. The method was checked for repeatability and linearity. FT-IR and Raman were used to check for the presence of green dye acid 9, as that is only used in the bait pellets and is not a naturally occurring substance at detectable limits. Complete and robust Chain of Custody with SoPs available upon request.

LINK TO FULL RESULTS OF THE TESTS: http://floraandfaunaaotearoa.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/Lab-ReportWestport.pdf

Images below: extracts of the some of the rat, weka and starfish toxicology reports:

RAT

 

STARFISH

 

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Deepwater Horizon Spill Created Horrific Mutant Creatures in the Gulf of Mexico

From uncensored.co.nz

As the 10-year anniversary of the horrific Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaches, the area’s ocean floor has been transformed into a fetid wasteland coated in tar and populated by handfuls of deformed, tumor-ridden crustaceans.

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The explosion on a BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 was one of the most catastrophic disasters to hit the ocean in human history, with the U.S. government estimating that 4.9 million barrels (210 million gallons) were discharged across hundreds of square miles.

But new video footage from a 2017 expedition has confirmed the worst fears regarding the catastrophic spill, showing that the Gulf is not only still reeling from the disaster but may have been rendered a permanent dead zone.

The footage was captured by a camera-mounted remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operated by a team at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium, or LUMCON. Their findings on the apocalyptic ruin lying extant across the once-thriving deep sea was recently published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

When marine researcher Clifton Nunnally first saw the footage uncovered by the ROV, he was blown away by the horrors that he witnessed.

As Atlas Obscura reports:

Nothing prepared us for what we saw, [Clifton said.] … a slick black wasteland, empty of all its usual denizens, such as sea cucumbers and giant isopods. Instead, the area had been taken over by strange crabs and shrimp, either tumor-ridden or eerily languid, as if sleepwalking across the seafloor. The typically white marine snow—detritus that had drifted down from organisms living above—was jet black and clumped up. It was clear that the site was toxic, and maybe irrevocably marred.

While the area had previously been known for its rich biodiversity, the zone surrounding the Deepwater Horizon site was devoid of such features as sea anemones, sponges and corals typical of that part of the deep sea.

“It was like visiting a graveyard. There were even slimey “webs” at the seabed that looked like cobwebs. It was the only time I’ve been in a submarine along the seabed and found myself sad and dreading what was coming next.”- UGA’s @SeepExplorer https://t.co/JBQ4hdYmol

— UGA (@universityofga) September 25, 2019

Instead, they found some shrimp and a number of deformed, mutated crabs with shells blackened by oil, covered in parasites. In many cases, limbs and claws were shriveled or entirely missing.

READ MORE

https://uncensored.co.nz/2019/09/26/deepwater-horizon-spill-created-horrific-mutant-creatures-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/

Photo: atlasobscura.com

Anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown – 11 March

From thecontrail.com

Awakening the masses to perhaps the most important event of our lifetime – that STILL no one knows about. Fukushima is a disaster the threatens to effect our lives for many generations yet a media blackout by the Japanese Government means we hear nothing. This track was produced by Gh0st of Openheartmachine (OHM) with samples from Kevin Blanch and vocals and lyrics by your’s truly (Saru G).

Radioactive – Saru G & Open Heart Machine ft. Kevin Blanch
(Listen at the link)

There’s not a lot in the mainstream media, about this important anniversary. But much of what there is – concerns the “recovery” of the area, the Olympic Games,  the robots, the ice wall, the (forced) return of evacuees, the story that tritium contamination doesn’t really matter, does it? ……    etc etc – whitewashing the real situation. And, perhaps more importantly, encouraging the world to forget about the nuclear catastrophe.  And above all, let’s pretend that it does not have global significance.

READ MORE

https://thecontrail.com/forum/topics/anniversary-of-japan-s-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-meltdown-11-marc?xg_source=activity

Survival gardening : growing your own nutrient dense food

From prepforthat.com

If you read a lot of survival articles online, you’ve probably wondered, “what is  survival gardening and how is it different from regular gardening?”

Survival gardening is a skill that allows you to grow your own food in the event of a short-term or long-term catastrophe.

It’s gardening, but gardening focused on growing plants without modern infrastructure. You have to realize, your neighbor that grows a garden probably uses modern methods and they probably grow plants that aren’t intended to fuel their survival.

A survival garden focuses on caloric density, nutrition, and seasonal implications.

READ MORE:

https://prepforthat.com/survival-gardening-an-ultimate-guide-to-growing-survival-garden-plants/

15 Fukushima Workers Have Cancer

A new report out of TEPCO and the various parties involved in decommissioning documents that 15 workers from Fukushima Daiichi have developed cancer.

READ FULL ARTICLE AT THE LINK

http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16025

Photo: video screen shot (not the workers mentioned)

The Flood Danger of Edgecumbe That The Authorities Knew About in 1945

Last week saw devastating floods in the town of Edgecumbe in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by this carnage.  I was living in that region during the 2004 floods so saw the devastation then myself. Fortunately we lived on higher ground so were unaffected. 

Further down the page is a link to a Give a Little campaign for those affected recently.

It seems little known that back in 1945 plans for subdivision in Edgecumbe were declined by the Dept of Lands because the area would always be subject to flooding they said ….

“…the township of Edgecumbe will be subject always to serious and dangerous flood hazard”.

Read the article archived at the National Library NZ

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READ MORE

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/BPB19450403.2.24

However opponents to that advice or ruling won the day as can be seen in the article and the town was built.

I’ve gathered together here a few articles on the topic and note the frequent reference to Edgecumbe being flood prone but nowhere can I see any reference to the advice of the Department of Lands back in 1945 to not build there. 

Thursday in pictures: Edgecumbe evacuated in ‘500-year event’

Everyone has been told to leave. People are being evacuated from the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe where the Rangitaiki River has breached, flowing into the township.

READ MORE (pictures of flooding included)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91275516/In-pictures-Edgecumbe-evacuated-in-500-year-event

Q&A: What is a one in 500-year flood, and does that really apply to Edgecumbe?

Edgecumbe’s flood has been identified as the greatest flood on record  – but is it truly “a 500-year flood”, as has been suggested?

Bay of Plenty Regional Council made the claim after the Rangitaiki River burst through stopbanks designed for a one-in-100 year flood event, gushing into hundreds of homes and forcing 1600 people to evacuate.

Though the weather has cleared, houses remain sodden and filled with mud, and some will be condemned due to structural damage. Residents will be allowed to return briefly to fetch necessities, but it could be up to 10 days before many occupants can go home to inspect the damage and find out what they’ve lost.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91369561/qa-what-is-a-one-in-500year-flood-and-does-that-really-apply-to-edgecumbe

Flood-ravaged Edgecumbe residents vent their fury at officials during fiery townhall meeting

Hundreds of displaced Edgecumbe residents stormed out of a public meeting as fraying tempers tipped over into anger on Saturday night.

Bleachers were packed with families, children, and elderly, many hugging and comforting each other as the meeting endured and officials appeared to fail to answer the more pressing questions.

The crowd frequently heckled the speakers, often appearing enraged.

READ MORE

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91366235/floodravaged-edgecumbe-residents-vent-their-fury-at-officials-during-fiery-townhall-meeting

PM sees Edgecumbe flooding for himself

“We are on a path for solutions in the long term.

He says there are no funding issues related to national disaster recovery, despite New Zealand’s particularly bad decade.

“We don’t let funding get in the way of providing the support that’s needed by the households, the businesses, and the farms, to a reasonable level, to help them get them back on their feet.”

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne says there will be a full investigation to why the flooding protection system didn’t work and what can be done in the future to prevent this from happening again.

Bill says given the destruction there is bound to be a lot of opinions but there needs to be a full understanding of a town that is on a flood plain.

READ MORE

 http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/151336-pm-sees-edgecumbe-flooding-himself.html#sthash.JhMlsq5k.dpuf

Edgecumbe and the Bay of Plenty have shaky, flood-prone histories

Edgecumbe lies on a flood plain and an active seismic zone.

The township and the surrounding area has an unenviable history of natural disasters: quakes, floods, and debris flows.

Many parts of the plains are below sea level.

READ MORE

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91283546/edgecumbe-and-the-bay-of-plenty-have-shaky-flood-prone-histories

Here is a link to the Give a Little page for help for families affected in this event…

Edgecumbe & Eastern Bay of Plenty (EBOP) Mayoral Flood Appeal

This Mayoral Flood Appeal fund has been launched to support families & individuals through the recovery phase following the 6/4 flood event.

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/ebopmayoralfund

So Key’s Resigned Amidst Quake Warnings and Other Things – What’s Going on Kiwis?

It’s been an eventful week nobody could argue, and an equally as eventful time since the very large quake that rattled NZ last month on November 14th. What to make of it all?

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Image: Prime News on Youtube

Yesterday we heard our esteemed leader (said with tongue in cheek) has resigned, along with a further afield & equally surprising resignation by the Italian PM.

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PM John Key resigns [Photo: NDTV.com]
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Shamubeel Eaqub, economist is hinting at a possible housing bubble burst [Photo: Stuff.co.nz]
Then last weekend we had Gerry Brownlee advising us to be prepared for a major quake and yesterday along with the PM’s shock announcement, the equally esteemed economist Shamubeel Eaqub (the one of ‘zombie towns have to die’ Agenda 21 renown) is hinting that the housing bubble could be set to burst. They were talking about this back in June. So what’s really going on here? In my humble opinion it all has a very suspicious smell to it.

 

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Source: NZ Herald

On the quake topic,  a trusted friend recently told me

“…a mate of mine’s husband is a first responder, he was called by his team leader 2 days before Gerry Brownlee got this out in the media, and told to triple his first aid kits and to prepare his family’s emergency kit…”

There is a man who gave folks a heads up on the last quake (Nigel Gray, an unassuming painter and decorator from the Hawke’s Bay who has been documenting geoengineering and weather modification)  drawing world wide attention to Kiwiland. He has indicated we should be on the alert next week either side of 13.12.2016.

Note mainstream originally debunked him … until he drew global attention, then they did an about turn. Typically of media, and not surprising in that he has drawn attention to geoengineering, something our government admits is a scientific practice, but deny is happening here.

So basically I’m not taking any chances, as neither we should in light of Brownlee’s warning even. We need to be prepared in any event so stay safe people and get your emergency back up plan ready. Just in case.


LINKS:

Earthquake Prediction Goes Viral:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=11756897
Supermoon: Man’s Earthquake Prediction Debunked: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11747602
‘Be Prepared for a Major Earthquake’: Gerry Brownlee Warns Kiwis: 
https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/33380885/be-prepared-for-a-major-earthquake-gerry-brownlee-warns-kiwis-as-slow-slips-between-tectonic-plates-detected/?cmp=st#page1

NZ Has Zombie Towns That Need to Close: https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nz-has-zombie-towns-need-close-—-economist-ns-159124
Nation of Debt: Ready, Set, Crash – Could NZ be the Next to Fall?: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11653661
Blowing Bubbles: Bubbles are Normal and Rational and then they Pop – Shamubeel Eaqub: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/87130093/shamubeel-eaqub-bubbles-are-normal-and-rational-and-then-they-pop

 

 

Murder at Pike River Mine – the Truth You Won’t Find in Mainstream Media

What a heart breaking story this is. The angst of the families, their loved ones so near yet so very far. Now they plan to seal the mine off. When this story was initially over and we knew there was no hope they would ever emerge from the mine alive, and when reporters began to dig below the surface, so the shocking facts began to emerge. The miners’ working environment had been unsafe for some time. For a thorough exposé of the truth of this whole affair, download and read ‘Murder at Pike River Mine’ by Dr Jacob Cohen. You will not of course find this information in mainstream news. Are you joining any dots? 

“The incestuous collusion between corrupt fascist, international corporations, banks, global mining companies and compliant politicians – and how the inexorable love of money by those who run them supersedes everything else” 

“What was the real truth behind the Pike River coal mine disaster in NZ killing 29 men? Was the tragedy simply an ‘accident’ or was it premeditated murder? Involving people at the highest level of the NZ Government and international business and banking community? Does this case have implications for the world?”
Dr Jacob Cohen

Download pdf file at the link:  murderatpikerivermine (1st edition)
Murder-at-Pike-River-Mine (2nd edition)
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Below is a video from March 2018 at thisweek.org.uk featuring an interview with Dr Jacob Cohen on topic. It begins with a similar (brief) scenario in Manchester where firefighters (as with Pike River) were forbidden to go to the rescue of possible survivors:

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EMERGENCY RESPONDERS CRIMINALLY PREVENTED FROM DOING THEIR JOBS, SO PEOPLE DIE UNNECESSARILY Manchester attack: Firefighters did not respond to bombing for two hours because of false alarm over ‘active shooter’.
Dr Jacob Cohen discusses the Pike River Mine explosion in New Zealand in 2010 where 29 men died –  insurance job.  

Jacob’s book: Murder at Pike River Mine, 2nd edition Jacob Cohen, Tony Gosling, Martin Summers http://www.thisweek.org.uk – 30 March 2018
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BELOW ARE UPDATES (NEWEST FIRST):

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The NZ Pike Mining disaster claimed the lives of 29 men and nobody has been held fully accountable

Pike River: No more Government money for further mine recovery, families accept decision

30 March 2021

The Minister in charge of Pike River won’t consider going further into the mine – a decision that’s been accepted “with heartbreak” by families involved. In a statement on Tuesday morning, the Pike River Family Reference Group said it now accepts official advice going further into the mine would be unsafe and expensive. Twenty-nine men lost their lives in the explosion in 2010, with the search for their remains the centre of an ongoing political battle.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/03/pike-river-no-more-government-money-to-go-further-into-mine-families-accept-decision.html?fbclid=IwAR3qDNA4s_RerAFmo4BboxjFcHi3PL5I_9GEX3NGBJ7Yyp3MQSV3r_rmEog

Pike River mine survivor: ‘there are people in that mine that survived, just like I did’

Nov 14, 2016

“I think they’ve just tried to ease us into it by delaying it and pushing it back and back year after year. They’re just kicking us in the guts once more.”

There is no doubt in Daniel Rockhouse’s mind that he and Russell Smith were not the only two who survived the first Pike River mine explosion.

Rockhouse made his way out of the mine after a methane blast on November 19, 2010, dragging Smith with him.

The friends were the only two men who came out alive after the explosion ripped through the West Coast coal mine, leaving 29 trapped inside – where they remain today.

He calls Solid Energy’s plans to permanently plug the mine with concrete “disgusting”.

Rockhouse said the fight for answers had been traumatising, stressful and emotional – to the point where he had stepped away. But his mother continued to battle.

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Court declines Pike River families’ review bid

27 November 2015

He had faced 12 health and safety charges relating to the deaths of 29 men after a series of explosions at the West Coast coal mine five years ago.

Peter Whittall.
Peter Whittall Photo: AFP (Radio NZ)

The prosecution was dropped after an insurance payment of more than $3 million was made to the families of the men who died.

Two women who lost family members in the disaster had asked the court to review the decision by Worksafe New Zealand not to offer any evidence on the charges.

Anna Osborne, whose husband was killed in the mine blast, and Sonya Rockhouse, whose son died, were assisted in their legal bid by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU).
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LINKS:

The Official Story: http://pikeriver.royalcommission.govt.nz/

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/290752/court-declines-pike-river-families’-review-bid

http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/pike-river-protester-delays-mine-sealing-2016112112#.WDI2XuLNNYw.facebook