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Pike River families claim ‘vital’ evidence from mine explosion has been lost

Are we surprised at this? Hardly. A must read for info mainstream will never be telling you is Murder at Pike River Mine by Dr Jacob Cohen. The update below is from stuff.co.nz

A group representing some of the families of men who died in the Pike River Mine say critical evidence disappeared during the initial investigation.

The cover of an electrical cabinet was blown to the surface in one of the explosions that rocked the West Coast mine, north of Greymouth, in 2010, killing 29 men.

After it was photographed, Tony Forster, a former mines chief inspector now advising the Pike River families, told TVNZ he understood it was flown by helicopter to the Pike River office. Its current whereabouts are unknown.

Families of the Pike River miners say critical evidence has been lost during the initial investigation into the disaster.
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Families of the Pike River miners say critical evidence has been lost during the initial investigation into the disaster.

“It blows my mind that something as significant as that, in an area that the Royal Commission centred on, has gone missing,” he said.

READ MORE:
Pike River re-entry: Police will not be among first into mine drift
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Pike River re-entry plan to be revealed

Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben in the disaster, said a lot of electrical equipment in the mine was not designed for mine conditions, and was unsafe. It was outrageous the cabinet piece had gone missing, she said.

“I don’t think any New Zealander wants to live in a country where 29 men die like this and then critical evidence disappears.”

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Hi all. Here is the picture of the evidence that disappeared. It’s the cover from a switch cabinet that was in the mine and was not intrinsically safe. It was photographed on the 28th of November 2010 after it was blown up the vent shaft and landed on the ground above the mine.

We have been told that it was put on a helicopter contracted by Pike River Coal and taken to the mine office. However nobody can tell us what happened to it after that.

If we find this evidence it could determine what caused the explosion that killed 29 men. There are so many questions and there is so much to uncover. This is why we must go back into Pike River and why there needs to be a full and transparent inquiry.


Efforts are ramping up to re-enter the mine. Police said last week they would not accompany the first re-entry team due to safety concerns, but would reconsider if there was a critical find, such as human remains.

A post on the ‘Stand with Pike’ Facebook page about the missing cabinet piece said finding it could determine the cause of the explosion that killed the miners.

“There are so many questions and there is so much to uncover,” the post said.

Police Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny said she first became aware of the matter last week, and police were making enquiries.

“Police would like to hear from anyone with information which could assist us on this, or any other issue which may be relevant to the original investigation.”

Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton died at Pike, said she wanted to know why the company responsible for the mine had their hands on evidence like the missing cabinet piece.

“All I can say is it’s a good thing we fought so hard for re-entry and re-investigation, because with each day it’s clear there’s more that New Zealand needs to know.”

Police still planned to complete a full forensic examination once the drift was fully recovered.

They decided in 2013 to leave the criminal investigation open until the scene could be examined. Any new evidence would be used to determine whether charges could be laid.

Stuff

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/110658993/pike-river-families-claim-vital-evidence-from-mine-explosion-has-been-lost

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NZ Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

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.
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From newshub.co.nz

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.

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.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/exclusive-police-prepare-to-re-open-pike-river-investigation.html

THREE years on, two women alleging 1080 poisoning while picnicking STILL waiting for answers from NZ Health

Be sure to listen to the audio in the radionz article. A reader has pointed out that the National Poisons Center Director (towards the end of the audio) says there is no test he knows of for 1080 poisoning. The toxicologist says it should not be used anywhere where humans could come into contact with it. Remember the recent images of the children near 1080 on the walking track in a Timaru drop zone?

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From radionz

Two women who believe they were poisoned by 1080 more than three years ago say it’s ridiculous they are still waiting for answers from health officials. Gwen Gardner and her sister were having a picnic inland from Greymouth when a helicopter flew over them. A while later they began to feel sick, and when they returned to their car they noticed 1080 pellets nearby. The West Coast Medical Officer of Health gave the women a draft report in 2015 but they have not heard from her since.

LISTEN AT THE LINK HERE:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018619835/two-alleging-1080-poisoning-still-waiting-for-answers

Pike families have been given control of mine road

Pike families take control of mine road

A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010.© REUTERS/The Press/Iain McGregor/Pool A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010. The families of the men who died in the Pike River coal mine say the owner of the road accessing the mine has given control of it to them.

The families of the 29 men who died in the mine in November 2010 have been fighting the sealing of the mine, saying the drift, a tunnel leading to the mine proper, is safe to enter.

The mine was privately owned at the time of the explosions but is now owned by state-owner coal miner Solid Energy, which says the mine is not safe to enter.

The families have been protesting on the road to the mine, and on Sunday posted on social media “there’s been a wee development”.

“Turns out, Solid Energy don’t own a big slice of the road to the Pike River access road, and don’t have any legal right to access it.”

It’s the only way to get to the mine in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island.

“Oh, and the lovely local farmer who does own it, being a top bloke and loyal Coaster, has given control to us.

“So, you know, we’ll try hard to be reasonable landlords. We’ll allow access for genuine emergencies, if they ask nicely. But, well, that’ll be it for now.

“The town bully just went down.”

The Pike River families plan to go to parliament in Wellington on Tuesday to present the new prime minister with a new legal and technical plan to allow for re-entry of the drift “to retrieve evidence of what happened to our boys, and any remains which may lie there”.

Last week, Solid Energy published an open letter in newspapers explaining its position.

It rejected claims a “quick” inspection of the 2.3km drift, or entry shaft, is safe, that it is not listening to families’ experts, talking to the families and acting with indecent haste.

It also labelled the idea the mine was being sealed because it had something to hide or was colluding with the government in a cover-up plot as “incorrect and farcical”.

SOURCE  thecontrail.com

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This Weekend Saw a Huge Turnout NZ Wide of People Protesting Against the Govt’s Extensive Use of 1080 – Go Kiwis! (updated photos)

For over 15 years the New Zealand Government has been systematically dropping massive amounts of food, laced with a cruel and universally toxic poison into its forest ecosystems. Enough poison every year to kill the entire population of NZ four times over. No other country is doing, or ever has done, anything remotely similar on such a scale.

1080 is an alias for Monofluoroacetate, a chemical. Monofluoroacetate was originally developed and marketed as an insecticide. READ MORE

This weekend peaceful protesters NZ wide took to the streets to let the Government know they are not impressed with this slathering of our paradise with toxic poison. They want it to STOP.


Note: If you have any instances of 1080 poisoning of livestock or of being required to cover up details, contact me at the contact page and I will direct you to a person who is considering taking legal action. Or simply go to 1080 Eyewitness on FB for the post. You would need to join.


[These images are from the FB page 1080 Eyewitness. If your photo is on here & you do not want it to be please contact me & I will take it down.]

 

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