Hopefully they will accept a memorial at the site and no longer threaten to disrupt any future mining there thus sabotaging progress and new jobs in New Zealand.
I can see that it has been difficult for them to move on emotionally as they foolishly believed a politician’s half promise that their men would be returned to them. However, a moment’s rational reflection should have told them that it is far too dangerous to allow rescue workers to go into a mine which could easily explode again if oxygen got down the shafts.
I still maintain that the greens are culpable because they made such a fuss that the government wouldn’t allow an opencast mine but insisted on a sloping tunnel with poor ventilation. Modern mining techniques could have created a safe opencast environment and replaced the flora and fauna at the end of the mine’s productive life. A far better outcome than killing 29 men. Isn’t it odd that no-one blames the green movement for their deaths….. Humans can be so silly………
- Families’ fight to recover Pike bodies over (stuff.co.nz)
- Gloves are off: Pike River families (stuff.co.nz)