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Tragedy At Pike River Mine: How And Why 29 Men Died

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Tragedy At Pike River Mine: How And Why 29 Men Died by Macfie Rebecca
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"Great read. Must read."
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Excellent writing. The author has gathered her information carefully and thoroughly. The disaster should never have happened.....­............but no-one has been held accountable. Being as the buck appears to stop with the Govt, it would seen no-one will ever be held accountable. At least the minister had the decency to fall on her sword...........

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On a sunny afternoon in November 2010, in the beautiful Paparoa Range of the South Island, a massive explosion rocked an underground coal mine. Later that day two ashen men stumbled from the entrance. Twenty-nine men remained unaccounted for. Initial probes revealed fatally high methane levels in the mine - conditions deemed unsurvivable for the trapped men. But it was only after a second blast five days later that all hope was extinguished. Tragedy at Pike River Mine is a dramatic, superbly researched and page-turning account of a disaster that should never have happened, of the dramatic political and legal fallout, and the effect on the small West Coast community. It reveals an appalling string of mistakes, from consent being given for the mine in the first place, to lack of proper monitoring equipment, pressure to ignore safety requirements, and effectively only a single exit. It puts a human face on the people who suffered, and provides penetrating insight on who's to blame. This is an essential read for everyone who cares about the future of New Zealand and our values as a nation. Rebecca Macfie's writing on Pike River has been hailed for its veracity, perspicacity and powerful human interest.

Author Biography

Rebecca Macfie is a senior writer with New Zealand Listener. She was previously a senior writer and deputy editor of The New Zealand Herald's Canvas magazine, editor and deputy editor of Unlimited magazine, and has written extensively for The Independent Business Weekly and National Business Review. She has 24 years' experience in journalism and has won many awards.
Release date NZ
November 11th, 2013
Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Imprint
Awa Press
Pages
272
Dimensions
146x215x24
ISBN-13
9781877551901
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
21452333

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