A Greymouth sorrow
The last seven days since the Pike River Mine explosion has been numbing. The sheer loss of life in one moment doesn't happen at work in NZ, the media saturated suddenness has been disorienting and the sorrow universal.
The grief stoically shouldered by Greymouth is humbling and coupled with the Christchurch quake makes the counting of blessings this Christmas feel earned.
The Police should be respected for their caution and the integrity in assessing the response. I don't doubt the genuineness of those who out of frustration volunteered to lead rescue attempts, but asking others to risk their lives, to actually order it yourself is a responsibility that demands a consideration of the highest confidences, thankfully our maturity prevented further tragedy.
How this happened must be fully and transparently investigated out of respect for those whanau who have had loved ones taken from them so painfully. The mines expansion plans must be scrutinized.
What a terribly sad loss.