Pike River: Why no re-entry?

  • 06/11/2014

The Prime Minister says Solid Energy did everything it could to recover the bodies of the 29 men who died in the Pike River Mine.

He's told the families the Government will turn the site into a memorial and reserve, and may fund a possible civil case.

National MP Jami-Lee Ross says the families have been through years of heartache, and they deserve the right to take a civil case – which the Government may back.

Labour's Jacinda Ardern says Prime Minister John Key promised the bodies would be recovered, and other experts have said it's safe to enter the mine, so the families were right to have expectations that have now been dashed.

They agree however it shouldn't be up to politicians to decide whether to risk more lives and open the mine. So was Solid Energy's decision to keep it closed the right one?

Also making headlines this week was Mr Key's speech on how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State, and what measures the Government will be taking at home to stop homegrown Islamic extremists.

Watch the video for the full chat with Jacinda Ardern and Jami-Lee Ross.

source: newshub archive