Miners’ relief fund sign of support
The tragic events at the Pike River Mine in the last two weeks have touched many New Zealanders.
29 miners were killed, trapped underground following an explosion in the coal mine on November 19.
Rescuers were unable to enter the mine due to unstable gas levels. Following a second explosion a week ago it was announced the men could not be alive.
In an effort to support the families of the 29 victims the Grey District Council has established a relief fund.
The South Waikato News is joining forces with its fellow Fairfax publications in support of the relief fund.
There are several ways readers can make donations to the Pike River Miners Relief Fund Trust.
Donations can be presented at Westpac bank branches or sent care of the Grey District Council to PO Box 382, 105 Tainui St, Greymouth 7840.
Telecom, Vodafone and 2 Degrees mobile phone customers can send a message to 306 to make a $3 donation.
A planned visit to Tokoroa by Labour Party leader Phil Goff on Thursday was cancelled following the second explosion at Pike River. Mr Goff was to speak at a South Waikato Grey Power meeting. MPs Stuart Nash and Sue Moroney appeared at the meeting instead.
The pair both expressed their condolences for those who had died at Pike River. A minutes’ silence was observed at the start of the meeting.