Pike River families have filed for a judicial review challenging the Government’s rejection of a plan to continue searching the mine for more evidence relating to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.
Twenty two of the 29 victims’ families are supporting the application, which comes after Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little recently rejected a proposal to recover the mine’s main ventilation fan, which is considered the likely source of the explosion.
Andrew Little is learning that nothing will be sufficient for some of the families. He spent $50 million on what will turn out to be a wasted effort, and they are suing him for not spending another $25 million.
This is the risk of pandering to emotion, and politicising the disaster.