Program and Speakers

Registrations are now open for IMRB’s first ever virtual conference: 'Solving Problems Sharing Knowledge'. Join leading mining industry experts as they share insights on the latest developments, trends and innovative technology driving mines rescue.

Mark the date in your calendar: 7 - 8 September 2021. The conference begins at 7.00pm AEST each day, with the first hour dedicated to networking with attendees and sponsors.


Dinghy Pattinson

COO Pike River Recovery Agency

IMRB21 is delighted to announce Dinghy Pattinson as our keynote speaker. With more than four decades of underground mining experience in New Zealand, consisting of 37 years in coal and 5 years in metalliferous, Dinghy has a wealth of experience to share. Since his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the Pike River Recovery Agency in early 2018, Dinghy has overseen the planning and operational elements of the Pike River re-entry work and has responsibility for ensuring activities at the mine comply with statutory health and safety requirements.

Pike River Mine Re-entry: Challenges and Risks - Our Journey   


The Pike River Coal Mine explosion in New Zealand on 19 November 2010 claimed the lives of 29 men. 31 were working underground at the time of the explosion, and only 2 were able to escape. The subsequent explosions resulted in the mine being sealed. Prior to the 2017 general election, the families of the lost miners and the New Zealand public were promised that a Labour-elected government would support and fund a re-entry if it was deemed technically viable and safe to do so. 

After the election, on 31 January 2018, the Labour Party established the Pike River Recovery Agency Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa as a stand-alone government department.


This presentation covers • Introduction • Background • Key relationships • Founding principles • Planning • Operations • Challenges

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