6 Nov 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:00 am on 6 November 2012

All papers on Tuesday carry summaries and reaction of the report into the Pike River disaster.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the reaction to the report into the Pike River disaster, with one widow adamant "good must come from bad''.

Rachelle Weaver says she took some comfort yesterday in finding that the miners died in the initial blast or very soon after. She says while she will never forget her partner Josh Ufer, she 'can finally get on with living'.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports Glenn Hamilton will leave New Zealand on Tuesday carrying the ashes of his lover Catherine Clarke and a conviction for causing her death.

He is understood to be traumatised after making a fatal decision to pull out of State Highway 25 onto State Highway Two at Waitakaruru and into the path of a fully laden truck and trailer unit last week. Cambridge jockey James McDonald breaks new ground again with his first ride in the Melbourne Cup. During the annual cup parade on Monday, he admitted it was all "a bit overwhelming for a Kiwi kid from the country".

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the headline 'Unrelenting picture of failure' accompanied by the pictures of the 29 men who lost their lives in the Pike River mine explosion.

They died because of massive failings on the part of their employers and Government agencies, a royal commission has found. Prime Minister John Key on Monday apologised on behalf of the Government but said much of the fault lay with Pike River Coal.

The Press

The Press also leads with Pike River reaction, carrying the headline 'They're still not home' and a number of bullet points paraphrasing the findings of yesterday's royal inquiry report.

One point states the Department of Labour did not ensure the mine was safe when there was "ample evidence" it wasn't.

The paper then goes on to comment that the report reveals the laxity of New Zealand law.


The Otago Daily Times says the Pike River families choked back tears as Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson told them what they already knew: that their loved ones should never have died in the Pike River mine tragedy.

The paper reports mine bosses ignored stark warnings over dangerous methane gas levels and the Government's health and safety checks were "third world".