Name release – Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption

Police are now in a position to formally release further names of victims who died and have been identified following the volcanic eruption on Whakaari / White Island. Name: Richard Aaron ELZERGender: MaleAge: 32Citizenship: Australia Name: Barbara Jean HOLLANDERGender: FemaleAge: 49Citizenship: US (Australian permanent resident) Name: Julie RICHARDSGender: FemaleAge: 47Citizenship: […]

Senseless vandalism destroys community assets

A spate of vandalism over the weekend has wreaked havoc on public conveniences and decimated established gardens in the Whakatāne District. The public toilet facilities at Matahina Dam suffered a severe arson attack on Saturday evening. Only the shell of the building remains after extensive fire damage destroyed the ablution […]