Pike River mine transferred from Solid Energy to Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa—Pike River Recovery Agency on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

This means that the agency now has full responsibility for all aspects of mine management and will be subject to the relevant regulatory obligations.

Chief Executive Dave Gawn said: “This milestone is another important step for the new agency towards meeting our overall objectives”.

The next task for the agency is to assess how safe recovery of the drift may be undertaken – taking into account the range of existing information, including Solid Energy documents obtained on transfer of record, and drawing on expert technical advice.