Our Work

List of Issues

The aim of this list is to identify the main issues which the Commission presently considers it will need to evaluate in order to address its Terms of Reference

List of issues (as at 28 April 2011)

Provisional list of issues (as at 21 March 2011)

Hearing Timetable


Rulings and information from the Commission.

July 2012

June 2012

March 2012

  • 28/03/2012 Minute No. 12 Submissions hearing plan for the April hearings Submissions Hearing Plan (Word version 85kb).

February 2012

  • 6/02/2012 Minute No 11  (PDF version 200kb) sets out requirements for drafting and filing final submissions which are due by 16 March. 

January 2012

  • 18/01/2012 Minute No 10  contains information about the Commission's approach to policy issues, final submissions and final hearings.  Minute No 10 (Word version 240kb), Minute No 10 (PDF version 120kb). 
  • 11/01/2012 February hearing plan for the Phase Three hearings examining What happened at Pike River?  February Hearing Plan (Word version 90kb), February Hearing Plan (PDF version 50kb).

December 2011

  • 2/12/2011  Minute No 9 contains Commission decisions in relation to the Department of Labour investigation report. Minute No 9   (Word version 83kb), Minute No 9 (PDF version 110kb).

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

 5/08/2011 Minute No.5 sets out the hearing dates for Phase Three: What happened at Pike River?

July 2011

  • 4/07/2011 Chronologies
    The Commission has developed five chronologies which identify and summarise key milestones relating to topics of particular relevance to the Inquiry.
  1. 1. New Zealand Mining and Coal Production Profile (Word version), New Zealand Mining and Coal Production Profile (PDF version)
  2. 2. Pike River Coal: Permits, Access Arrangements and Resource Consents Mine development (Word version), Pike River Coal: Permits, Access Arrangements and Resource Consents Mine development (PDF version)
  3. 3. Pike River Coal: Financial/Company (Word version), Pike River Coal: Financial/Company (PDF version)
  4. 4. Pike River Coal: Board, Management and Workforce (Word version), Pike River Coal: Board, Management and Workforce (PDF version)
  5. 5. Pike River Coal: Mine Development (Word version), Pike River Coal: Mine Development (PDF version)

 June 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Practice Notes

Guidance for participants in the inquiry.

Practice notes released 20/10/2011

The Commission has published the following practice notes - rules of practice that apply to the Inquiry:

Practice notes released 5/08/2011

The Commission has published the following practice notes - rules of practice that apply to the Inquiry:

Practice notes released 19/05/2011

The Commission has published the following practice notes - rules of practice that apply to the Inquiry:



Glossaries released 19/05/2011.

In Minute No. 2: Post Preliminary Hearing (see April 2011 releases) the Commission advised that the glossary filed by counsel for Solid Energy Ltd would be provided to participants. See Explanatory note below. The Commission has published two glossaries:

Amended Expanded Glossary released 14/06/2011

Short Form Glossary

This is a short form glossary provided by Solid Energy Ltd:

Expanded Glossary

This has more a more detailed explanation of some of the terms in the short form glossary and includes some photographs:


Legal assistance to families and workers

Some government-funded legal assistance is  available to the families of victims and to employees or contractors at the mine.  Details of the assistance for families and  for workers (employees and contractors) is listed below.

Lawyer to assist families

Nicholas Davidson QC is available to represent the families of those killed in the mine explosions.  Mr Davidson’s contact details are:

Email: nicholas@davidsonqc.co.nz

Phone: 03 366 1467
Mobile: 021 223 6396
Fax: +64-3-366-7653

Postal Address:
PO Box 9344 Tower Junction
Christchurch 8149
New Zealand

Physical Address:
Canterbury Chambers Level 1
62 Riccarton Road

Lawyers to assist workers

There are two lawyers available to assist employees and contractors at Pike River Mine by answering  queries about the Royal Commission.   They will not be representing anyone at Commission hearings but will assist by providing information and advice to assist workers to participate in the Royal Commission if they wish to do so.  You may contact them by telephone or email.

The lawyers contact details are:

Kathryn Dalziel
Email: Kathryn@taylorshaw.co.nz

Phone:  (03) 379 4114
Mobile:  021 806 002 

Postal address:
Taylor Shaw
PO Box 1123
Christchurch 8140

Lisa Hansen
Email: l.hansen@barristerscomm.com
Phone:  (04)914 1052
Mobile: 021 0241 3822
Fax: +64-4-4733179

Postal address:
PO Box 8045,
Wellington 6143

Physical address:
Level 8, Wakefield House
90 The Terrace