The Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy will hold its final hearings from Monday 2 April in Greymouth.

The Commission has received 37 final submissions from participants addressing factual and/or policy issues which are to be considered by the Commission and responded to in its final report. 

Representatives of fifteen participants will speak to their final submissions during the April hearings, which start at 9.30am on Monday.  Almost 14 hours of submission time has been set aside.

The April hearings provide the opportunity for participants to speak to, and highlight aspects of, their submissions and to respond to the views of others.

The hearing plan is as follows:

Pike River Royal Commission Final Submissions Hearings

Start 9.30am Monday 2 April 






Time allocation


NZ Police


Simon Moore SC


1 hour


NZ Mines Rescue Service


Garth Gallaway



45 minutes

Department of Labour

Department of Conservation

Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry for the Environment

Kristy McDonald QC

2.5 hours


McConnell Dowell Constructors Limited


Grant Nicholson


30 minutes


The Coal Association of NZ (incl.Straterra Inc)


Tony King


30 minutes


Solid Energy NZ Limited


Craig Stevens


1 hour


NZ Council of Trade Unions


Ross Wilson


30 minutes


NZ Amalgamated Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union


Nigel Hampton QC


1 hour


Neville Rockhouse


James Rapley


20 minutes


The Families


Nicholas Davidson QC


2.5 hours


Douglas White


John Haigh QC


45 minutes


Certain Directors, Officers and Managers of Pike River Coal Limited


Stacey Shortall


2.5 hours

The Commission will sit from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The hearings are scheduled to finish by 1.00pm Wednesday 4 April.

Once the final hearings are complete, the Commission will continue its work examining matters relating to Phase Four: Policy Aspects and considering the issues raised in its terms of reference. It is due to report to the Governor General by 28 September 2012.