Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Zealand Mourns the Loss of 29 Miners Trapped in Underbelly of Pike River Valley.

New Zealand is in mourning as we listened to the Hon. Prime Minster, John Key, breaking the sad news on the loss of lives of 29 men at Pike River Mine.

We felt the sorrows as we sat glued to the television listening and noting every word said. It is indeed a sad day for New Zealand.

We like to remember those men who lost their lives and whose bodies are still trapped in the underbelly of Pike River Valley. May you all Rest In Peace.

We also pray for all the families and loved ones who now have to comprehend that their grand-dad, dad, uncle, brother, son, husband, loved one, friend, partner whose face and presence will be no longer felt, and no doubt will forever be etched in every loved ones' heart.

Our humble prayer that during these times of sorrow you will all find solace in your hearts.

Luvei Viti ( Children of Fiji) Community.

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 4:34a.m.

By 3 News staff

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Parliament pays respect to miners
2.44pm - Political leaders have paid tribute to those affected by the Pike River mine explosion this afternoon, before standing and singing Whakaaria Mai.

Explosion could have been prevented at risk to miners' lives

2.15pm - Mr Whittall informed reporters this afternoon that yesterday's explosion could have been prevented if the mine was starved of oxygen. "But we weren't prepared to do that because there was still hope of survivors," he says.

"It's not like the mine was a big scary place waiting to kill them. The miners understood the risks."

Pike CEO rested staff overnight

1.55pm - Pike River CEO Peter Whittall told reporters this afternoon that last night he rested his staff; a minimal number was kept on standby. Everyone was exhausted and needed a break, he said.

Mr Whittall also said the conditions underground had not changed and the level of gas near the bore hole is still the same. Families have been told the bodies will definitely be brought back and they expect to make progress on this in the next few days.

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  1. Thanks all for your awesome comments. We pray with you that the families of the Pike River Miners will find Peace & Solace this Christmas knowing that there will be an empty chair @ the Christmas dinner table this year.

    May God Bless you all.


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