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Contractors want Pike River company liquidated – will this help a ‘cover up’ if the company is no more?

Contractors want Pike River company liquidated

Updated 38 minutes ago

Former contractors at the Pike River Coal company are moving to have the company wound up.

Twenty-nine contractors and miners were killed after a series of explosions at the West Coast mine which began on 19 November last year.

The coal mine was badly damaged after explosions in November.

The coal mine was badly damaged after explosions in November.


The company was placed in receivership in December, leaving contractors with $5 million in unpaid bills.

A spokesperson for the 43 contractors taking the action, Peter Haddock, says an application to have the company liquidated will be lodged this week.

Mr Haddock says the group has held back on liquidation as long as there was a realistic prospect of recovering the men’s bodies.

However, he says they are proceeding with the action in the face of receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers failing to mount a recovery operation and indications that the receivers will not participate fully in the Royal Commission into the disaster.

Mr Haddock says contractors have been told there is little chance they will be paid and liquidation may result in an early sale of the mine to a suitable buyer.

The Royal Commission is set to begin in Greymouth on 23 May.


Will the liquidation of the Pike River company help a ‘cover-up’?

If the company is ‘liquidated’ – what legal requirements will remain to help ensure that (ex) company representatives/ staff front the Royal Commission and provide all the requested facts and evidence?

Whistle-blowing’ author of “Murder at Pike River Mine”, Jacob Cohen, sent me hard copies of his work, with additional hard copy evidence to support his extremely disturbing claims.

Essentially, the allegation is that the Pike River mining disaster was deliberate, that the 29 miners were murdered, in order to help build support for open-cast mining, which can then be argued to be ‘safer’ than underground mining.


April 13, 2011 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Internationally significant information

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