Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, February 8th, 2017 - 13 comments
Solid Energy trucks have refused to cross the picket line at Pike River this morning after the families set up effigies of their dead men.
Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 35 comments
An engineer’s report concluded it would be safe to enter the mine to look for evidence of the cause the blasts which killed 29 men.
Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 16 comments
The Pike River families have decided to take a stand and are occupying the road to the mine to ensure it cannot be closed, sealing up the evidence of what happened and the bodies of their loved ones forever.
Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, August 22nd, 2015 - 54 comments
Solid Energy was this month placed in Voluntary Administration following its financial collapse. Landcorp may not be in quite the same pit as the coal miner, but negative cash-flow and rising debt likely mean it has breached banking covenants. It may be forced to sell good assets at the bottom of the market. Simon Louisson questions why?
Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, August 16th, 2015 - 63 comments
… and why is Solid Energy removing links to its Annual reports from its website?
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, May 8th, 2015 - 11 comments
113 more jobs to go at Solid Energy’s Stockton Mine. Bill English killed Solid Energy, these job losses are his.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, April 3rd, 2015 - 96 comments
More economic genius from the Nats.
Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, October 29th, 2013 - 30 comments
John Key has just admitted that Ministerial and Treasury oversight of Solid Energy was not up to scratch but suggests that external analysis would have provided a lot more accountability. Oddly enough I had always thought that it was the job of the relevant Ministers and their advisors to provide oversight. And he has hinted at the privatisation of TVNZ and NZ Post …
Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, March 21st, 2013 - 12 comments
Government MPs vote down a request for an enquiry into Solid Energy.
Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, March 14th, 2013 - 57 comments
Some great work from Labour yesterday as they got the documents showing Bill English being advised about Solid Energy’s predicted lower profits from a lower coal price – and asking for a bigger dividend anyway.
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, October 15th, 2012 - 30 comments
In 2010 the largest protest for a generation in NZ marched down Queen St to oppose mining. But by squinting sideways at some rigged polling questions, industry advocates (aided and abetted by dumb headline writers) would have you believe that we the people support mining…
Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, September 24th, 2012 - 54 comments
Welcome to National’s economy: Kiwirail has just announced 158 infrastructure and engineering job losses, and this afternoon Solid Energy will probably announce the loss of 300 jobs at Spring Creek, and 200-250 elsewhere. This on top of the swathe of job losses in Huntly and Christchurch Solid Energy announced a month ago.
Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, September 3rd, 2012 - 33 comments
Spring Creek miners and their families will lead a community March for Work in Greymouth tomorrow calling on Solid Energy and the Government to secure the future of the town and ensure the mine stays open.
Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, January 26th, 2011 - 158 comments
So John Key’s great bit of policy for the election is to sell off the family jewels. Generations of New Zealanders have built up these assets, and now, like in the 90s, National intend to flick them off to foreign investors, and drain the country’s wealth.
Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, December 17th, 2010 - 37 comments
Three government investment decisions in the last couple of weeks have shown the deficiencies in the neoliberal way of doing things. SOE Solid Energy’s lignite-to-liquids obsession, Kiwirail buying trains in China rather than making them itself and Steven Joyce decision to re-create Telecom’s monopoly by giving it 70-84% of the broadband contracts.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, December 9th, 2010 - 7 comments
The Commissioner for the Environment’s “Lignite and Climate Change: The High Cost of Low Grade Coal” has been released today. Its release had been postponed because of concerns that it would become entangled with reports concerning the Pike River Mine disaster.
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 am, June 18th, 2010 - 34 comments
Solid Energy chairman John Palmer has suggested that a partial sale of the SOE could be on the cards. John Key has backed down on every time when he has been challenged on whether he would ever sell a specific asset. We now have permanent promises that Kiwibank and NZPost will never be sold, in full or in part. Someone should ask him if he’s ever going to sell Solid Energy.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, March 11th, 2010 - 13 comments
Solid Energy has been caught out commissioning future leaders to pen fantasy stories in school hours. The company is inviting high school students in key coal-mining areas to submit an essay on: â€œThe role of coal in sustainable energy solutions for New Zealandâ€.