Lake memorial for Pike River victims

A granite memorial will be erected in a small Greymouth lake in memory of the 29 men who died in the Pike River Coal disaster in November.

The men each will be remembered, with 29 boulders along the lake’s shoreline, one for each man who died in the coal mine, as well as three life-sized mine workers surrounded by a large revolving circle representing the mine portal.

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn told The New Zealand Press the committee chose the site for its serenity.

"The water offers a soothing effect, it’s away from the main traffic stream but close enough to give easy access and the bird life adds to the peaceful effect."

Other smaller memorial sites are also set to be establishes, inclusing a memorial stone at Atarua near the road leading to the mine.

It is hoped it will provide a quiet, private place for families to grieve their losses.

An area of land opposite the War Memorial gates in the town will also be converted to a rose garden with a memorial monument.

In April the New Zealand government donated $3.5 million towards a new events centre in Greymouth.

It will be named the West Coast Memorial Events Centre, to remember the 29 men killed in the explosions that ripped through the underground coal mine, as well as the victims of other West Coast mining disasters.

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