"You can't undertake a mining operation without an element of risk."
Rescuers are desperately trying to reach people that can be heard calling for help.
The families are shocked a potentially vital piece of evidence into the explosion has gone missing.
Hundreds are feared dead - and the finger is being pointed at the greed of mining company Vale SA.
It's not to set up a military base, according to a Kiwi space expert.
The workers were trapped when an illegal mine was flooded.
A judge called Taharoa Ironsands' actions "careless".
One of the industry's most experienced people will be the families' eye underground.
Twelve protesters had been occupying a mining site in Karangahake.
The High Court overturned its application to mine iron sands from the seabed.
RNG Minerals said it extracted gold worth $18 million.
The 48-hour strike could be the first of many by OceanaGold employees.
Opponents are calling it a "huge win for the oceans".
It promises to return one day for the bodies.
"It's that wall that’s stopping us from re-entering... I just want to tear it down myself."
Mining company OceanaGold has two drill rigs exploring the area.
It includes "thoughts and prayers" for the family of the would-be deceased.