After four and a half years, Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency is preparing to close.
In a statement, the Agency said it had completed its objectives to safely re-enter and recover the Pike River Mine drift, to give the Pike River families closure, to promote accountability for this tragedy and to help prevent future mining tragedies.
The Agency has also completed its work to support the Police borehole drilling programme, it said.
“The Agency is now preparing to close, will be disestablished on 1 July 2022, and its website decommissioned on 30 June 2022. As all functions and objectives will have been completed by that time, the website will not be redirected or relocated,” the Agency stated.
“The Agency wants to thank you for your interest in its activities, and wishes you well.”
The Department of Conservation (DOC) will now manage the Pike River Mine site and has been named as the custodian of the mine records.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) will complete limited disestablishment activities until 31 December and become custodian of the Agency’s non-mining operations records.