Police can confirm a further person has died in Middlemore Hospital last night following the Whakaari / White Island eruptio Police were advised of the death shortly before 11pm. The death of this person brings the official number of deceased to 17, 16 of whom died in New Zealand and […]
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: […]
Police have confirmed a further person injured in the Whakaari / White Island eruption, and later repatriated to Australia, sadly died yesterday. This person will come under Australia’s coronial jurisdiction. As a result, New Zealand authorities will not be responsible for releasing this person’s name. Australian Federal Police has worked […]
Attributable to Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander: A recovery team is this morning returning to Whakaari / White Island, with boots on the ground and resource in the air. Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander:, said as with the first recovery operation, the plan is contingent on […]
Deputy Commissioner John Tims, National Operations Commander has confirmed police are finalising a plan to recover the bodies from Whakaari / White Island tomorrow morning. Families will be briefed on the operation at 4.30pm and Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement will speak with media in Whakatane. Details for the media briefing […]
Thornton identity and community stalwart George Johnston has died. The long-serving former Rangitaiki ward councillor and community leader passed away peacefully on Sunday, aged 83. Known as the unofficial ‘Mayor of Thornton’, George was a staunch community advocate for the local Rangitaiki community, written multiple books and recognised for his […]
One person has died following a serious crash on Wainui Road, Wainui near Whakatane. Police were alerted to a vehicle that had rolled at around 5:15am this morning. One person was deceased at the scene. Police are investigation the cause of the crash.
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 […]