Sorrow and heartache now fully replacing the hope and prayer for a miracle blows strongly upon the winds of today as we say goodbye to 29 men lost in the Pike mine on the West Coast of Aotearoa and lost to those that loved them. As a nation touched by this loss we have felt as one people and while we can not take the pain from those most effected we do share it .
Shoulder to shoulder the families, and those on the front line has striven to secure a return to the surface of these men alive. It has been a time of most difficult choices, a time when those on the front line faced the greatest of trials. A time when all within our shores and even beyond stilled to focus on securing a good outcome.
Shoulder to shoulder people have risen to the occasion doing their utmost to see these men returned safely to us. Brave heroes each and everyone. Sadly now their desire remains the same but the circumstances has changed to that of recovery and I pray for the families that this be completed soonest and safely knowing that every moment is agony until these men find their way home for their final goodbye.
Fellow New Zealanders for these brave heroes we must continue standing shoulder to shoulder as one in support of those most touched by this event, never faltering in our support, never forgetting the simplest acts of kindness and love can live within people’s hearts forever.
Today we can remember in the darkest moments of the past few days our hearts were lit the brightest. Dimmed by the news of our loss as a nation we must remember those closest to these 29 have lost the lights in their lives where none but those who have been lost to them shines.
In my condolences to the families and loved ones of these 29 men know they now shine in the hearts of our nations people always. Having brought us together as one heart they shall be remembered as those who drew the very best of us out into the light of day to shine as a nation united. In this way their lights burn ever bright. God bless you all – Te Manawa