Pike River families have accused the minister in charge of breaking his promise, and have urged him to reconsider going further into the mine.
A public statement last week, issued by the Pike River Family Reference Group, said families had reluctantly accepted a government decision to close the recovery project.
A number of families said they were blindsided - and did not agree with that.
Other families met last night and say the majority want to self-fund a feasibility study into recovering the mine's main ventilation fan.
But the level of support for the study is also in dispute.
Our reporter Anan Zaki has more.