Loss of innocence

In this column Leigh Hart discusses his personal connections to the mining community and the Pike River tragedy.

“Christ, not again!” That was the immediate response of an old timer upon hearing about the Pike River tragedy. That old timer is my father.

I have never really thought of my father as an “old timer” before but, according to much of the media covering this tragedy, that is what he is. Old timer or not, fortunately he was one of the men lucky enough to walk out of the infamous Strongman disaster in 1967. Nineteen other men, all of whom he knew personally, were not so lucky.

The Strongman disaster occurred three years before I was born and has been, to most of the country, just another historic event. But to him, it still seems like yesterday.

Read the rest on the NZ Herald site.



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