On 19 November 2010, the first of a number of explosions occured at the Pike River coal mine. Twenty-nine men were trapped in the tunnel. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 NZ TV Awards, The Women of Pike River explored the lives of six of those left behind, who were wives and mothers of the miners. The disaster involved New Zealand's worst single loss of life since the 1979 Erebus crash — until the 2011 Christchurch quake four months later. Despite assurances survivors would be rescued and the dead retrieved, new owners Solid Energy said the mine was too dangerous to re-enter.
Twenty-nine men are laying down in a dirty, cold, wet hole, and nobody has been held accountable. They're not just a number.– Interviewee
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Song 'We Will Remember You Boys' composed and performed by John Wright