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English scorns Peters' Pike River pledge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Winston Peters has offered to be the first to re-enter the Pike River mine but Prime Minister Bill English doesn't think anyone will take him seriously.</span> © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Winston Peters has offered to be the first to re-enter the Pike River mine but Prime Minister Bill English doesn't think anyone will take him seriously. NZ First leader Winston Peters has volunteered to be the first to re-enter the Pike River mine but Prime Minister Bill English doesn't think anyone will take him seriously.

Mr Peters made the offer outside parliament on Tuesday when he spoke at a rally staged by the families of some of the 29 men killed in the 2010 disaster.

They're fighting against the mine being sealed and have a new report which says it's safe to re-enter.

Mr Peters said he had read the report and believed the mine was safe.

"I'm expressing my confidence in the advice these Pike River families are getting," he said.

Mr English said Mr Peters shouldn't trivialise the issue.

"I don't think anyone will take that seriously," he told reporters.

"There's a serious safety issue here and he's not an expert."

Asked whether he thought Mr Peters was grandstanding, Mr English replied: "I don't think anyone needs me to tell them that's what's happening."

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