On 3 November, a new whare for the Mines Rescue Training Centre opened north of Māwhera. Ngāti Waewae whānau attended to tautoko this special event.

Following the Pike River Coal Company mine disaster on 19 November 2010, Development West Coast Trustees resolved to allocate $1 million towards a project that would benefit both the mining industry and the West Coast community. The Pike River Distribution Fund Committee was formed, with local community representatives, to consider the project which best met the needs of our community.

The committee unanimously agreed to work with the Mines Rescue Trust to enhance the provision of rescue training by funding an upgrade of the existing Mines Rescue Station at Rapahoe. This facility is available for the whole community to use, in particular the mining industry both locally and nationally. West Coast businesses and community groups are encouraged to use this venue for training staff, groups and /or meetings.

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