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Relief funds set up for dead miners' families in New Zealand

11-25-2010 14:23 BJT

WELLINGTON, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- A number of different funds have been set up to help the families of the dead miners in the Pike River mining tragedy, Radio New Zealand reported on Thursday.

Pike River Coal led the way with the donation of 500,000 NZ dollars (385,000 U.S. dollars) to start a fund for the families of the 29 killed at that West Coast mine.

New Zealand Oil & Gas, which has a 29 percent stake in Pike River Coal, also contributed 500,000 NZ dollars, an amount matched by Pike River Coal itself.

Another relief fund has been set up by the ANZ and National banks, which have committed 100,000 NZ dollars.

Greymouth District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn also said he would be establishing a mayoral fund and donations can be sent to Grey District Council, with the Bank of New Zealand already announcing it will contribute.

Grey District council said the money would be used to support the families and would be managed by the trust, which would have representation from support agencies on the West Coast.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union had also set up a fund to assist the families of the dead miners.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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