From One Kiwi Community To Another

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 | 5 Comments

Pike River

One of the primary reasons we set up The Speculator was to provide a community forum, a placa centrale, where the community could bring information to share, and to take away information that was useful and occasionally entertaining.

We hoped therefore that we could act as a conduit for the community’s sentiments on important events; not as a spokesman, but as a platform.

The events at Pike River have devastated another small, tightly-knit community, of a similar size to Devonport. We can perhaps imagine the impact of a catastrophe of this scale on such a close community. Over the coming months, all the bereaved families will have is each other and their local community.

The Speculator would like to offer the Devonport community a place to share their condolences with the residents of Greymouth and the other small towns affected by this terrible tragedy. Please use the comments section of this posting.

We will pass these messages on to those affected.


  1. GB says:

    There is a condolence book front counter Devo library as you walk in, please write your bit in it…Yes it’s a tragedy, and some say it was bound to happen cos of Management not listening or putting certain things in place 2-3 years ago, but hey, it won’t bring these people back and my thoughts do go out to their friends and families.
    KIA KAHA Pike River community!
    Their lives and memories live on forever, as it should.

  2. Quote says:

    Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Falvell spoke in Parliament:

    “To those who have passed on, to the great trees of the forest who have been felled, rest in peace,” he said.

    “I stand here to offer these words to you who are hidden in the darkness. You were strong men, hard workers, experts in your craft and the heart cries out for you. This whole nation grieves, the people of this country and the world cry for you.”

  3. Goina says:

    We so wanted our 29 miners to walk out of the mine. We so wanted to fly our NZ flag at the top, but it’s at half-mast. Our thoughts are with the miners, their families, their friends, their colleagues, their neighbours, the West Coast community and NZ. Such a sad sad time… Aroha…

  4. Sarah says:

    All our sympathy and condolences to the families of those brave miners. Community is everything in these situations, take strength from each other xxx

  5. Ann Allen says:

    I cannot begin to imagine how hard this time is for you just now. But I want you to know that we all grieve with you, and are thinking of you and your families and your community in this time of loss.

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