"We know that the spirit of the men is coming past this memorial site every day."
Even though the grief is still raw and the anger still palpable, Thursday was about remembering those left behind.
Pike River Recovery Agency staff are closing in on an area which is critical for forensic examination.
Twenty-nine miners were killed when the blast tore through the mine.
The Greymouth site was rocked at 3:44pm on this day 10 years ago.
It's been a decade since the devastating explosion.
"It would just pretty much be the same except my dad would be here."
"She's like my sister - we trust each other implicitly."
Sonya Rockhouse's son Daniel was on the loader when the first explosion hit.