Earlier today (Lloyd Burr at Newshub):
A cross-party Pike River policy will be unveiled at Parliament today, and it’s understood it outlines plans to create a new Government entity to look after Pike River Mine.
All parties except National and ACT are backing the move, which would see laws introduced to move the responsibility of the mine from Solid Energy to a new Government agency.
The agency would be modelled on the now defunct Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), which was set up in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. …
This has now been confirmed: Pike Families ecstatic over historic political agreement
Of course the exception is National (including Epsom branch) – isolated on this issue prior to the election….
A major step forward for Pike River families – majority of Parl have pledged to support re-entry of Pike River's drift by end of 2018 pic.twitter.com/cm71t24bPd
— Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) August 15, 2017