New Zealand Labour Party

Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?

It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.

 “The Prime Minister promised the victim’s families the Government would do ‘everything we practically could to get the bodies of the victims out’.

“John Key should tell the public whether he believes that has been done;

-       given that WorkSafe New Zealand told Solid Energy it had identified ‘no operational barriers to re-entering the drift’

-       given that British mines expert Bob Stevenson said he was willing to go into Pike River himself

-       and given that Standards New Zealand’s Hazardous Areas Electrical Coordination Committee chair Garry House said he believed the mine could be re-entered ‘even full of gas’.

 “While it has been Solid Energy who have made the decision today, the Government must take full responsibility for the events that led to this disaster, the management of the potential re-entry plan and ultimately today’s abandonment of any possible recovery of the 29 dead men,” Damien O’Connor says.