Media Advisory - Media arrangements for Pike River Royal Commission

Monday 27 June 2011

The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy is scheduled to hold hearings into Phase One:Context of its inquiries from Monday 11 July to Friday 22 July 2011 at the Greymouth District Court, Greymouth.

The Commission seeks the co-operation of all journalists, camera operators and other media representatives to ensure the smooth running of the hearings.

Media accreditation and attendance

Applications for media accreditation must be received by the Commission by Wednesday 29 June 2011.

The media guidelines and application form to cover the hearings are available from the Commission’s website or from the Commission’s Communications Advisor.

Once approval to cover the hearings has been granted all media representatives are required to

  • register their attendance by contacting Anna Hughes by 2pm on Wednesday 6 July 2011.
  • display their organisation’s photo identification while in the precincts of the hearing room. (If media staff are working on a roster or rotation basis then all potential attendees will be required to register).
  • display a media identification sticker. These will be available from Anna Hughes at the Hearing room on 11 July.
  • switch off or silence Mobile Phones during the hearings. The phones cannot be used for capturing images or recording sound.

The hearing room and a media facility will be available for set-up from 9.00am on Monday 11 July.

The Commission will hold a briefing before the start of the hearing at 10.00m on Monday 11 July

The Commission may impose some restrictions on coverage, but media will be advised of
these at the start of the hearings.  Please be familiar with the standard conditions for media coverage in Court (included in the media guidelines referred to above). These conditions, notwithstanding that they apply to court coverage, will apply in addition to the arrangements outlined above.

Media facilities at the hearings

There is only space for two cameras in the hearing room – one TV camera and one still camera.

There will be up to four seats available in the hearing room for journalists.

A media facility will be available in a room adjacent to the hearing room.  This facility will provide technical infrastructure for taking the pool feed, a TV monitor to view live footage and access to other parts of the hearing facilities as required. Media are requested to provide their own internet connections.

Audio and visual coverage will be via a pooled feed. Media needing access to this feed must contact Anna Hughes by 2pm on Wednesday 6 July, 2011 and will need to ensure they have the correct connectors.

Still photography will be via a pool photographer.

Your cooperation is expected and appreciated. Acceptance of these conditions is required as a condition of registration.


For further information please contact Anna Hughes, Senior Communications Advisor, Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy phone 027 28 28 827 or email or or visit