Pike River Mine Video Transcript from Prime Minister

(PR.co.nz) Video Transcript of Prime Minister John Key’s Speech at Pike River Mine Tragedy Press Conference.

Prime Minister John Key: “Where this morning we held on to hope, we must now make way for sorrow. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of these 29 brave men. After days of waiting-of both preparing for the worst and hoping for the best-they have been delivered the cruelest of news. So to all of those who have lost a loved one in the Pike River mine, let me say this: New Zealand stands shoulder to shoulder with you. Though we cannot possibly feel this pain as you do, we have you in our hearts and our thoughts. Like you, we had all longed for that miracle to occur-that your men would be returned home to you. Tonight, on behalf of the people of New Zealand, we send our sympathy to the children who have lost their fathers, to the parents who have lost sons, to the wives who have lost their husbands, to the girlfriends who have lost their partners, to the siblings who have lost their brothers.”

Media Release 24 November 2010 from John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.