Pike River families launch court action against sealing of the mine

A Stuff article.

Pike River families have launched urgent legal action against the Government’s decision to seal the mine and have warned that they won’t get tired of fighting.

Family members Bernie and Kath Monk, Steve and Carol Rose, and Cloe Nieper and her 12-year-old son Kalani travelled to Wellington to file a judicial review against the Government in the High Court on Friday.

The Pike River Recovery Agency is planning to seal the mine this month and hand the site over to the Department of Conservation for inclusion in the Paparoa National Park by November. It has completed a $50 million re-entry of the mine’s access tunnel, or drift, with the aim of recovering evidence to help a police criminal investigation.

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