Rebecca Macfie | WEEKEND REVIEW | 5 comments
"Interesting there is no mention of the 'environmental' pressure groups and politicians, who insisted that nearly all the infrastructure go underground, and that there be minimal removal of vegetation"
BOOK EXTRACT: Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and why 29 men died, by Rebecca Macfie, (Awa Press, $40)
In researching the book, Rebecca Macfie
interviewed more than 100 people involved with the mine, from management to miners, geologists and contractors, Mines Rescue workers for whom
remains an open wound, and families of men who died.
Business writer Rod Oram describes Ms Macfie's book as "investigative journalism at its very best".
Although much of this has been revealed through the Royal Commission
that investigated the disaster, Macfie
also discovered new material, and in her
hands the complete story becomes a page-turning if horrifying read.
aim was "to make the Pike story understandable to a wide audience - for the families, friends and colleagues who grieve for the 29 men, for New Zealanders who want to understand how such an avoidable disaster occurred in their midst in the 21st century, and for the leaders of businesses and organisations who must learn from it."
Former NBR reporter and Unlimited editor Rebecca Macfie is a senior writer with New Zealand Listener.
She has 25 years' experience in journalism and has won many awards including her latest, the 2013 Canon Media Award for best magazine feature writer (business and science).