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Andrew Little to visit Pike River

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/01/2017

Labour leader Andrew Little is visiting the picket line at the Pike River coal mine gates.

The families of 29 workers who died in the mine 2010 have been protesting the sealing of the mine while the bodies of their loved ones are still in there.

They say the mine is safe to enter and it'll provide information about what happened.

State-owned miner Solid Energy says it's not safe to enter.

NZ First leader Winston Peters visited the mine-gate protest on Saturday and held a public meeting on Sunday.

He is making mine entry a non-negotiable item of any post-election coalition deal.

Mr Little will be at the mine gates at 11am on Wednesday.

Severe weather is predicted in the region.

"The families greatly appreciate Mr Little's personal support over the last six years as national secretary of the miners' union, as a Labour MP, and now as leader of the opposition," a spokesman said.

Mr Little is a former union boss of the then EPMU, which covered miners.

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