Joanne Ufer (Joshua Ufer, Son, 25)

“Josh thought the company would keep him safe. Now he’s never coming home.”

Joshua had worked in mining in Australia, and he knew the risks involved. He’d travelled to New Zealand to work in the Pike River mine to have the experience of working and living in a different country. A youthful adventure. Investigations have since shown that there were a lot of safety issues the miners were not aware of. The aftermath of the explosion is not over. My son has never been returned home to us and no one has been held to account for his death.

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