To learn today there is now no hope the 29 men will be brought out alive from the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand is saddening news.
My heartfelt condolences to those who are now grieving this great loss of husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends.
John Key expressed the feelings of the country when he said New Zealand was a "nation in mourning. New Zealand is a country where we are our brother's keeper, so to lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow. The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know will never walk amongst us again."