9 July 2021:  Statement from the Chief Executive of the Pike River Recovery Agency Dave Gawn:

A core part of the remaining work of the Pike River Recovery Agency is to support the Police investigation. Anything that impedes that work could obstruct the Police investigation.  The families have always told us safety is their bottom line. Safety will always remain the Agency’s bottom line. 

The Agency is prioritising the work programme in the coming week to ensure operations continue safely and the mine is maintained in a safe and compliant state (as we did during COVID-19 lockdown).

The door to the Agency is always open to the families.