When Paparoa National Park was created in 1987, the area of the Pike River coalfield was deliberately excluded from it. "There could be a couple of bodies sitting in that drift right now on this side of the fall." Initial recovery efforts were abandoned after rescue robots were lost and after insolvency the Pike River Recovery Agency was formed and reentered the mine in May 2019. Police have taken possession of the loader and it will be retained as part of the ongoing investigation. The Government is also criticised for watering down regulations and the mining inspectorate. They are literally putting hundreds of tonnes of concrete between us and our boys. If you'd asked me back in the old days if we'd be camped out in the middle of nowhere in a last ditch attempt for justice, I'd have thought you were mad. Sonya Rockhouse was at Thursday’s event for families. October 2013: The first phase is completed, with 35 tonnes of debris removed from the mine. He'd like to sit down in a room with John Key. The company, in receivership, indicated during sentencing it had only enough money to pay $5000 to each family. A survivor of the Pike River Mine disaster says there are nights he can't sleep because no-one has been held accountable for what happened. Now I don't. Smith said the loader took the force of the blast as he hunkered down behind the door of the vehicle when the explosion and debris ripped past him. Pike River widow Anna Osborne said waiting and watching for the loader to come out took her back to the day of the explosion. (Video first published in August 2020). October 2014: Solid Energy delays its decision on whether to go ahead with re-entering the Pike River Mine drift. There is no doubt in Daniel Rockhouse's mind that he and Russell Smith were not the only two who survived the first Pike River mine explosion. Pike River Recovery Agency chief operating officer Dinghy Pattinson said the next big area of interest was Pit Bottom in Stone, where Daniel Rockhouse’s loader sits, as well as electrical equipment, which may hold vital evidence about the cause of the explosions. “He is really sad about it but, he can’t come home because of the two weeks’ quarantine he would have to do either side of it,” his mother, Sonya Rockhouse, said. He and his fiancee live in Christchurch with his five-year-old daughter whom his then wife was carrying at the time of the disaster. Nothing changed. His marriage has ended and a new one is about to begin. September 29, 2010: Peter Whittall sacked as chief of Pike River Coal. "If the advice that they now seem to be receiving is accurate ... then what possible impediment is there to go and check that out. Two men survived the explosion. December 13, 2010: Pike River Coal placed in receivership. Although initially overcome, Daniel Rockhouse rescued himself and his colleague Russell Smith. "I believe that some of them survived and made an attempt to escape the mine. He came across Smith on his way, and dragged him to safety. I feel closer to my darling son Ben, still lying in that mine just up the road. Smith has described the recovered loader as “a lost friend” that saved his life. “Things have been progressing very well, and we’re hopeful that we might reach Pit Bottom in Stone by the end of August. A minute of silence, heavy with emotion, has been observed in Parliament to honour the 29 men who lost their lives in Pike River mine 10 years ago. Labour leader Andrew Little said independent, objective advice from mines experts had shown the drift near the entrance of the mine was safe to re-enter. November 28, 2010: Prime Minister John Key announces Royal Commission inquiry into the mine tragedy, to be chaired by High Court judge Graham Panckhurst. 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