29 May 2019
Three mine officials re-entered the Pike River Mine drift on Tuesday 21 May 2019 after the last block of concrete was removed and the double airlock doors opened. Family members of the Pike 29 witnessed the re-entry, and released balloons for each of the Pike 29.
A walkway over two weirs inside the drift
Families watch as last concrete block is removed from the 30m seal
The end of a weir with the 30m doorway
Roof with bolts
Re-entry team looking past barriers towards 170m wall
Looking past weirs towards 30m doors
Re-entry team report back to waiting families
Agency Planning Officer Karl Maddaford hugs Family Reference Group chair Anna Osborne, with Chief Operating Officer Dinghy Pattinson and Sonya Rockhouse behind them.