UPDATE 8: Whakaari / White Island

Statement attributable to Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander

The six bodies recovered from Whakaari / White Island will shortly be returned to the mainland before being transferred to Auckland.

The recovery team are safe and well on board HMNZS Wellington.

I would like to acknowledge the recovery team for their efforts and the bravery they have shown today.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.