Our work will be completed in three phases:


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. 


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.


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