UPDATE: Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption

Statement attributable to Deputy Commissioner John Tims

Can I first acknowledge the friends and families of all those impacted by the tragic events on Monday 9 December with the eruption at Whakaari / White Island.

Police are absolutely committed to recovering bodies from the island.

We have sought advice on the current environment, the requirements of those going to the island, and the care and transportation of the bodies when they are recovered.

The environment on the island has changed, with increased volcanic activity since early this morning.

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