Calls for Pike River mine to become a national park…

 Pike River mine will not be re-entered – Solid Energy management:

Bernie Monk, from the Pike River families, and Environment Minister Nick Smith check out plans for a new 'great walk', which would start in the Paparoa Range, pictured behind them. Photo / GRS
Bernie Monk, from the Pike River families, and Environment Minister Nick Smith check out plans for a new ‘great walk’, which would start in the Paparoa Range, pictured behind them. Photo / GRS

The Government has ordered a feasibility study into a new ‘great walk’ from the Pike River Mine site and over the Paparoa Range, with Environment Minister Nick Smith signalling today that the area may never be mined again.

Dr Smith was at the Atarau memorial to the Pike River victims to back the bid for a great walk, and to add the mine site and surrounding area to the Paparoa National Park. As such, it would automatically become schedule four land, which cannot be mined and guarantees public access.

The Pike River families agreed by consensus to the move, although others said it would split the families as some persisted with efforts to recover the 29 bodies.
Dr Smith said there would be further consultation with the families on the specific area to be included in the national park.

The move would “ensure the site where 29 miners lost their lives is properly respected and ensures families will always have access to their loved one’s resting place”.

He said the park extension would be discussed with the New Zealand Conservation Authority at its meeting on Tuesday, and the West Coast Conservation Board would also be consulted.

Read more here:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11393602&ref=NZH_FBpage

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11334252  Other news:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11354212 Mine will not be re-entered:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/65556474/smith-charters-helicopter-from-pike-river-funds

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The Pike River 29 victims. If the mine is not to be re-entered, it must become a memorial:

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