New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands

Pike River Coal Mine disaster

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has made the following statement following the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy that has claimed the lives of 29 miners:

"Where this morning we held on to hope, we must now make way for sorrow. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of these 29 brave men. After days of waiting-of both preparing for the worst and hoping for the best-they have been delivered the cruellest of news. So to all of those who have lost a loved one in the Pike River mine, let me say this: New Zealand stands shoulder to shoulder with you. Though we cannot possibly feel this pain as you do, we have you in our hearts and our thoughts. Like you, we had all longed for that miracle to occur-that your men would be returned home to you. Tonight, on behalf of the people of New Zealand, we send our sympathy to the children who have lost their fathers, to the parents who have lost sons, to the wives who have lost their husbands, to the girlfriends who have lost their partners, to the siblings who have lost their brothers."

The Prime Minister’s statement can be viewed here:

New Zealand Police have released the names of the 29 coal miners. The list of names can be found on the Police website:


The Grey District Council has set up a relief fund to offer financial support for the families of the deceased miners. Details of the fund and information on how to donate can be found at

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