Bernie Monk

John Roughan also puzzled about Bernie Monk et al

via Noted

Every time Bernie Monk and his Pike River people come pressing politicians for the mine to be re-entered I wonder why. Why would they want to disturb that grave?

Their sons and brothers lie where they died, if anything remains of them. If one of them was my son or brother, I think I’d want the mine sealed.

I wouldn’t want to find out whether anything remains. I wouldn’t like the idea of people walking into his tomb to see what might be there. I’d sooner visit that beautiful, remote place sometimes and know he is there in the mountain with his companions, honoured in the grand silence of the rain forest.

Grief takes many forms. ?At times it manifests itself in ways that seem absurd or even close to insane. ?But in this case, enough time has passed for the rough edges to have come off. ?And that leaves one very unpalatable answer. ?Politics. ?? Read more »

Is Andrea Vance miffed she wasn’t invited on the helicopter?

Andrea Vance has her knickers in a bunch over the use of a helicopter by Nick Smith to take some of?the family members of Pike River victims to…and here’s the kicker…places that can only be reached by…yes your guessed…helicopter.

No-one is objecting to the source of funds.

Bernie Monk not only says its ok, he says it?s necessary

Andrea Vance needs to report what the news is, not what she would rather it was.

Cabinet minister Nick Smith has chartered another helicopter for television cameras – this time using tax-payer cash set aside for the families of the Pike River victims.

Last year Smith used $6344 of Department of Conservation money to send up a chopper for a photo opportunity with ministers Peter Dunne and Te Ururoa Flavell.

Today he was back on the West Coast for a press conference about the future of the Pike River mine site.

Families of the victims want a walking track and visitor centre to mark the place where 29 men died in 2010. ? Read more »