Our objectives are to conduct a manned recovery of the mine drift in order to:
- Gather evidence to better understand what happened in 2010 with an eye to preventing future mining tragedies and promoting accountability for this mining tragedy;
- Give the Pike River families and victims overdue closure and peace of mind; and
- Recover remains where possible.
We will monitor and manage the safety of the mine, maintain its infrastructure and ensure the safe-keeping of records throughout this process.
Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa — Pike River Recovery Agency was established as a stand-alone government department by Order in Council on 31 January 2018. The agency will be disestablished once the Pike River site has been rehabilitated and returned to the Department of Conservation.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae (Ngāi Tahu) has gifted the agency the Te Reo Māori name Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa, which can be shortened to Te Kāhui Whakamana 29. It is interpreted as ‘The Empowering Voice for the Pike 29’. Ngāti Waewae is kaitiaki of Pike River in the Atarau region.