“..An angry Pike River Mine families’ spokesman Bernie Monk said he was gutted after Prime Minister John Key refused to help with a mine re-entry -
- less than 24 hours after the mine’s owners agreed to an attempt.
Mr Monk said Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder told him on Monday night that he would allow men to enter the main tunnel – if the families arranged it.
Solid Energy – which bought the mine earlier this year – would provide the equipment.
Mr Monk has been pushing for this to happen before redundant Spring Creek miners leave the West Coast -
- taking their Mines Rescue expertise with them.
Mr Key on the West Coast today for a National Party fundraiser -
- met with a few Pike River families in Greymouth but declined to take questions when he emerged from the meeting…”
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