Ten years ago today, 29 men were killed in the Pike River explosion. Today the anniversary is being marked with a commemorative service and a new partnership to support victims' families after tragedies.
The Public Service Commission will be partnering with the Pike River Families and working on ways to support victims of tragedies like the mine disaster.
Two of Sonya Rockhouse's sons were in the mine. Daniel managed to escape, along with fellow survivor Russell Smith. Ben, and 28 other men, died.
Sonya says after tragedies, families can feel like they're not directly involved in the Government response.
"This isn't something that is done deliberately, but even the best intentioned work is often done for families rather than with them," she says.
“That's incredibly disempowering for people who have just lost their loved ones and we think there's a real opportunity to use partnership between the Government and people who have suffered tragedy to make sure that the hurt of a disaster is not compounded.”
At the site of the mine, a wreath of yellow flowers will be left to commemorate the Pike 29.
Today all Government and public buildings will fly the New Zealand flag at half-mast to mark 10 years since the tragedy.
A commemorative service is being held at Parliament, including a moment of silence at 3.44pm - the time of the explosion on November 19, 2010.
Families of the Pike River victims will be attending along with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister for Pike Re-entry Andrew Little, Grey District Council Mayor Tania Gibson and the Australian High Commissioner and British Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand.
It is scheduled to begin at 3.10pm.