NZ First can reveal that in late January, the Prime Minister received a proposal from Victoria University to re-enter Pike River mine using its robotic HADES underground mine disaster scout.
New Zealanders and Pike River families were set up to believe explosions and fires incinerated the mine, leaving nothing recognisable, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.
The Minister for the Environment Nick Smith maintains it is not safe for workers to be more than a few metres inside the Pike River mine entry tunnel, but this has already occurred.
There is no doubt that there has been a huge cover up by authorities after the Pike River explosion that killed 29 men, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.
New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, has welcomed the change of heart shown by Labour Leader Andrew Little over re-entry into Pike River.