Labour Sends Its Support To The Pike River Families
2012 MEDIA STATEMENT
Its Support To The Pike River Families
Labour is expressing its support and sympathy for the
families of the 29 miners killed at Pike River two years ago
“The loss of the 29 men that day will not
be forgotten. It was a tragedy that should never have
happened. Our sincere condolences go to all those who are
gathering on the West Coast at 3.45pm today to hold a
minute’s silence in their memory.
families, friends and the country as a whole mourn their
loss but also celebrate their lives and the contribution
they made to their communities. May they rest in peace,”
said David Shearer.
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