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The Women of Pike River

Television (Trailer) – 2015

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 was NZ'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. 

These women are not weeping widows. They're fighters, and really engaging characters. I think people will be surprised by the journey they have been on.
– Director Mary Durham, in an interview with Stuff, 1 August 2015

Key Cast & Crew

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Mary Durham

Director

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Alex Reed

Producer

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Tash Christie

Producer

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Andrea Lamb

Executive Producer

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Richard Driver

Executive Producer

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Jani Alexander

Production Manager

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Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Music

Song 'We Will Remember You Boys' composed and performed by John Wright

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