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    The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River Mine tragedy has been given a two month extension to deliver its report.Governor-General Jerry Mateparae granted the extension on Cabinet's advice, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

    The inquiry will now report back by November 30, instead of September 28.Finlayson said preparation for a judicial review application involving the Royal Commission had "diverted resources and delayed the drafting of the Commission's final report".

    "Cabinet has agreed to extend the reporting date by two months to ensure the Royal Commission has the time necessary to complete this very important work," he said."The extended reporting date ensures the report will not be compromised, and that families and the public will still have answers before the end of the year."

    He said the costs incurred with the extension will be covered from within the commission's existing budget.
    The November 2010 coal mine disaster killed 29 miners, following a series of explosions.The Royal Commission of Inquiry was set up in December 2010 to establish what went wrong and if any lives could have been saved in the tragedy.It is being led by Justice Graham Panckhurst.
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