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Sunday - Daniel Rocks

Television (Excerpts) – 2011

This Sunday item is based on an interview with Daniel Rockhouse, one of two survivors of the Pike River mine disaster. The interview screened on 27 March 2011, less than five months after the November 2010 tragedy, when a series of methane gas explosions resulted in the deaths of 29 of Rockhouse's workmates, including his brother. Deafened and stunned, Rockhouse dragged workmate Russell Smith a kilometre through noxious gas to safety. Here the reluctant hero, cradling a newborn daughter, reflects on the events. In 2015 Rockhouse was awarded the NZ Bravery Medal.

I hope they're looking down on me. It's something I always think about.
– Rockhouse in 2015, upon receiving the New Zealand Bravery Medal

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Ian Sinclair

Reporter

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Miriama Kamo

Presenter

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Max Adams

Producer

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Chris Cooke

Producer

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Clint Bruce

Camera

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Will Kong

Editor