On November 19, 2010 just after 3.44pm, an explosion tore through the Pike River Mine, 46km northeast of Greymouth on the South Island's West Coast. Over the next 10 days, three more explosions took place. Twenty-nine men were killed and their bodies have never been recovered. They were fathers, sons, husbands, rugby league players, and "hard cases". These are the faces of the Pike River 29.

Conrad John Adams

, 43, was born in New Zealand and lived in Greymouth.

Conrad John Adams, 43. Photo / Supplied
Conrad John Adams, 43. Photo / Supplied

His brother, Clayton Adams, said Conrad had two children who he "loved more than anything in the world". Conrad, who

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