A significant step was taken to getting re-entry into the Pike River mine drift with the Minister for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little walking 30m down the entrance.
Inside the entrance shaft, the minister embraced Sonya Rockhouse, whose son Ben died in the 2010 explosion and Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton was also killed.
Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen looked at this story from three angles.
First they spoke with Sonya Rockhouse then got spokesperson for Pike River re-entry for National Chris Finlayson for his view, then with Mr Little.
Listen to all three interviews in full above.