Relief as final Pike River hearings are held

Peter Whittal, former CEO of Pike River. Photo / File
Peter Whittal, former CEO of Pike River. Photo / File

Grey District's Mayor says there's a sense of relief that hearings for the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry will end this week.

The last public hearings into the deaths of 29 men at Pike River begin in Greymouth this morning.

Final submissions will be given by 12 lawyers over the next two and a half days, representing 15 key participants.

Tony Kokshoorn says it's been a long and emotional journey for the West Coast.

"There's a relief down here it's been going for a long time. November 2010 is a long time ago now but it's still on the minds of everybody and we all want to know what happened."

The commissioners are due to report their findings to the Governor-General by September 28.

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