Posts Tagged ‘solid energy’

29 lives lost. No justice for their families.

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.

Mining engineer: Solid Energy’s decision is “irrational”

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.

#StandWithPike

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.

Like Solid Energy, hubris behind Landcorp’s predicament

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?

Who is to blame for Solid Energy’s failure

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?

More jobs gone at Solid Energy – thanks Bill English

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.

Bill English killed Solid Energy

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, April 3rd, 2015 - 96 comments

More economic genius from the Nats.

NRT: Betrayal at Pike River

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, November 6th, 2014 - 80 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the Pike River decision.

John Key admits National Government failed to properly monitor Solid Energy

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 …

Anatomy of another Key lie

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, May 22nd, 2013 - 36 comments

John Key has been caught in yet another lie, over his claim that Solid Energy asked for a $1 billion injection of taxpayer’s money.

What a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, March 21st, 2013 - 12 comments

Government MPs vote down a request for an enquiry into Solid Energy.

Has John Key jumped the shark?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 18th, 2013 - 50 comments

Micky savage of Waitakere News looks at John Key’s involvement in the Solid Energy fiasco. National’s undeserved reputation as sound economic managers takes another hit…

English drained Solid

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.

Two Things

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, March 6th, 2013 - 5 comments

Parata was told it was too early to make Christchurch school decisions by her ministry and why aren’t we allowed to know how much the state paid off Don Elder when he resigned over Solid Energy’s rapid decline?

Lies, damn lies, and rigged polling questions

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…

The losses keep coming

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.

Community ‘March for Work’ in Greymouth tomorrow

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.

The Sell-off Begins

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, January 26th, 2011 - 158 comments

'Privatisation in health, education and superannuation makes sense'

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.

The new economy: Govt as an economic actor

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.

A Stupid Business

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.

Solid Energy on the block?

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.

Solid Energy co-opts kids to push coal

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: “The role of coal in sustainable energy solutions for New Zealand”.

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