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PM to meet Pike River families

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

Prime Minister Bill English will meet the families of the Pike River mine victims next Wednesday.

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

They wanted to meet Mr English last year but it didn't happen.

"The prime minister will meet with the Pike River families on February 15, honouring the commitment to meet with them to hear their concerns," a spokesman told NZ Newswire.

Explosions in the West Coast coal mine killed 29 men in 2010.

It's owner, state-owned Solid Energy, wants to finally seal the mine but the families believe the drift - the tunnel leading into it - is safe to re-enter.

Labour and NZ First support the families, but Solid Energy says the mine isn't safe.

Mr English has previously said it's a safety issue, not a decision that should be made by politicians.

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