The more I read about this the more shocked I am.
The families of the trapped miners were shown footage that was edited to show the initial explosion lasting for 32 seconds instead of the reality, which was was 52 seconds.
This is beginning to look like the whole thing was being media managed from very near the start of the disaster. It would explain why there was a delay in showing the families the footage of the explosion.
Richard Valli (brother of Keith Valli who died in the mine) said that he found the Pike River memorial service “hurtful” because of the focus placed on the politicians and dignitaries, instead of the Pike families. You may remember that the memorial service was originally planned to be held in Christchurch, presumably because the politicians would find that more convenient than Greymouth.