ABC News 24 covered the memorial service for the dead miners on New Zealand's south island today. Just an observation from someone overseas, interesting that none of those killed looked like they had foreign or Maori heritage. Is New Zealand mining a closed shop for white New Zealanders? Or won't the Maori or foreign types work that sort of job?
I could check who he was but there was one speaker at the service who was distinctly Maori. He spoke well and looked very regal. Perhaps he was the Governor General? If he wasn't, he could be.
The sky was blue with fluffy clouds. The sun shone, but not too hotly, with a temperature just below 20 deg.
Tributes were read out from leaders around the world, including three from their royalty, Liz, Chaz and and one of Chaz's kiddies.
The setting at the racecourse just outside Greymouth was just stunningly beautiful. Maybe the racecourse can be seen in this photo by David Wall. You can certainly see some big hills. Doesn't it look so pretty.
Well, another day, another disaster. Forty Israeli fire fighters killed in the line of duty, but Israel is not quite as close as NZ is to Australia.