Three-quarters of the families connected to the Pike River Mine disaster are vowing to push for a continued drift recovery, despite the government ending its funding.
A public statement last month, signed by the Pike River Family Reference Group, said families had reluctantly accepted a government decision to close the recovery project.
However, some of the families say they were blindsided by the statement, which they said didn't represent the majority.
At a meeting last night, 23 of 29 families who lost men in the 2010 explosion agreed they'll fight for further action in a bid to recover the bodies.
Recovery experts have agreed to conduct a risk assessment and cost analysis study into pushing the recovery a further 15-metres - to a key point in the mine.
Bereaved mother Carol Rose spoke to Susie Ferguson.