Pike River mine victims families confront the NZ PM John key in Greymouth today…

Prime Minister John Key faces off with Bernie Monk in Greymouth. Photo / Greymouth Star
Prime Minister John Key faces off with Bernie Monk in Greymouth. Photo / Greymouth Star


Prime Minister John Key stopped to talk to the Pike River families at a silent protest today.

The families were not on Mr Key’s agenda, but several staged a silent protest outside Development West Coast where he was due to make an announcement.

When he arrived he went to talk to spokesman Bernie Monk and answered questions from Anna Osborne, whose husband died in the mine.

Jo Hall, the mother of the man who Cameron Slater called “feral” after his death in a car accident, stood in the background.

She has questioned Key over comments Slater reported he had said about her which were revealed in the Dirty Politics book after Slater made the comments about her son Judd Hall.

Speaking to media afterwards, Mr Key denied he had told Mr Slater that she had screamed at him in meetings with the families.

“It is not true I made any disparaging comments. The only comment I made was that I recognised her.”

He said he did not recall her shouting at him in meetings. Speaking afterwards, Ms Hall said she hoped Mr Key’s denial was true.

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