5 Jan 2012

Pike families hire independent overseer

9:45 pm on 5 January 2012

The families of the 29 miners killed in the Pike River disaster have hired an expert to oversee the recovery effort.

Spokesperson for some of the families Bernie Monk says they have been frustrated with the inaction and communication breakdowns since the disaster in November 2010.

Mr Monk says they have hired an engineer, Bruce McLean, to make sure everything is being done to get their loved ones' remains back.

He says Mr McLean has been allowed to sit in on meetings during the recovery process to evaluate how the effort is going.

Mr Monk says, so far, Mr McLean is happy with progress and is putting together a full report on the operation to re-enter the mine.