2010 has, on the face of it, been a huge test of New Zealanders’ resolve.

The Christchurch earthquake, the massive snowstorm here, and then the enormous tragedy of the Pike River mine have touched everyone in some way or another. Not for a long time has the country been rocked by so much in one year.

While buildings can be replaced, and sheep herds built up again, the loss of the 29 Pike River miners leaves a colossal number of Kiwis lives torn apart.

We can say that time heals all wounds, and use other clichés, but in reality the second explosion last week will not be something the families of the miners will ever entirely get over.

As the miners are remembered today in a service at Greymouth, our thoughts and prayers are with their families.