The entrance to the Pike River Coal mine where 29 workers
Police will tomorrow morning ask the families of the 29
miners trapped at the Pike River coal mine whether they can
publicly release their names.
The 29 comprise 24 New Zealanders, two Australians and two
Scots and a South African.
Many have already been named publicly.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn has called for all the
names to be released, saying there is no point in keeping
"I'm all for disclosure of the names to avoid speculation.
Everyone knows locally -- it's not a secret and anyone could
find out if they wanted to," he told NZPA.
There has been some anguish from the families over the
release of the names, but Tasman area police commander
Superintendent Gary Knowles said today he would speak with
them at a conference tomorrow morning and explain why police
thought they should be released.
The British Foreign Office has confirmed the two Scots are
Peter Roger, 40, and Malcolm Campbell, 25, both New Zealand
Mr Roger emigrated to New Zealand two years ago to be closer
to his mother and sister, who live here, the Courier
He was formerly an offshore oil engineer.
The parents of Mr Campbell, from St Andrews in Fife, said
they had to keep hoping for good news.
His father, Malcolm, told Scottish television: "We can't
concentrate on anything, we can't sleep because it's
"Our prayers and thoughts go out to everybody who is going
through this in New Zealand. We just keep hoping that
everything will be fine."
Mr Campbell is due to marry his fiancee, Amanda Shields, 23,
on December 18.
One of the Australians is Josh Ufer, 25, whose partner
Rachelle Weaver is three months pregnant, the Sydney Morning
Ms Weaver, 23, of Middlemount in Queensland, said she would
not give up hope that Ufer, a driller supervisor, would
"We want people to keep doing what they're doing, because we
know they're doing the best they can," she said through her
mother, Nancy Langley.
Mr Ufer was working for contracted Hunter Valley company
Longwall Drilling. His parents, Joanne and Karl, and sister
Kymberley, are understood to be on their way to Greymouth to
join the vigil.
The name of the other Australian has not been confirmed but
he is believed to have a wife and two children.
The New Zealanders include Grey District councillor Milton
Osborne, West Coast rugby league representative Blair Sims
and West Coast rugby representative Michael Monk.
Benjamin Rockhouse, whose brother Daniel was one of two
miners to escape the gas explosion, is also one those
Other miners named in media outlets today are Brendon Palmer,
Alan Dixon, Zen Drew, Chris Duggan, Peter O'Neill, Terry
Kitchin, Glen Cruse, Conrad Adams, Kane Nieper and Joseph
Dunbar, who was reportedly on his first day at work in the