Our work will be completed in three phases:

Planning

During the planning phase we will bring together existing information, appoint expert contractors, assess the risks and develop a plan to re-enter the mine and recover the drift.

The Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry will then make a decision on whether re-entry can safely go ahead.

For weekly technical updates about what's happening, visit our Documents  page. 

Recovery

If the Minister decides re-entry will go ahead, the recovery phase will begin. This will involve re-entry into and recovery of the mine drift to gather evidence and, if possible, recover any human remains.

Rehabilitation

After any recovery work is complete, the mine will be sealed (with a reversible seal) and the site will be rehabilitated. The site will then return to the Department of Conservation for ongoing stewardship and development of a memorial and information centre.

Read about the Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track