29 Mar 2012

Pike River families protest delay recovering bodies

7:26 pm on 29 March 2012

A group of Pike River family members has hung two banners in Greymouth to protest against the delays in recovering the bodies of the men killed in the mine.

Twenty-nine men died in a series of explosions at the West Coast mine in 2010.

The banners, calling for the men's bodies to be brought home, have been hung on Cobden Bridge and outside National Party MP Chris Auchinvole's office in Greymouth.

Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton Osborne died in the mine, says she and a small number of other families have launched the protest out of sheer frustration.

Mrs Osborne says having her husband's body returned will offer her family some level of closure.

She says she hopes the expected sale of the mine to Solid Energy may see some movement on recovery of the bodies.