It's been more than eight years since an underground explosion ripped through the Pike River coal mine on the South Island's West Coast. Twenty nine men never returned home. The families have battled authorities ever since to try and bring back their loved ones. In the next few weeks, mining experts will chip off the concrete seal to the mine's entrance, and start looking for any remains – and for forensic clues that may finally reveal just what happened in New Zealand's worst modern-day mining disaster. Kurt Bayer reports.

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