Anna wants to bury Milt in a place of her choosing, so she and their children, Robin, 20, and Alisha, 18, can grieve properly. A Royal Commission into the disaster found Pike River Coal did not have adequate health and safety systems, nor sufficient ventilation and gas drainage systems. It was also revealed that the company ignored warnings from its workers that methane gas had reached dangerous levels in the mine, mere weeks before the deadly explosion.
Dunedin woman Brenda, 49, believes her partner John Hale, 45, was not far into the mine and the recovery of his body is possible. “The last footage I saw of him was going into the mine about six minutes before the explosion, so I was getting my hopes up that if they recovered the remains, they’d get to him first.”