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Whakaari / White Island eruption

Important notices 

MPI is advising the public not to consume fish, shellfish or crayfish harvested from the shores of Whakaari/White Island and within a 1km buffer zone extending off the White Island coastline due to public health concerns. Read more on the MPI website. 

Several coastline iwi and hapu have placed a rāhui (customary temporary ritual prohibition) along the Bay of Plenty coast. You can find out more by contacting your local iwi authority

Response continues

At 2.11pm on Monday 9 December Whakaari/White Island erupted. At the time of the eruption, 47 people were on or near the island. Tragically a number of people died as a result of this eruption and many were seriously injured.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group have been leading this response, supporting the NZ Police with the search, rescue and recovery. The response has now transitioned to the next phase.

Bay of Plenty and Auckland Emergency Management Groups are continuing to ensure that those people impacted by the Whakaari/White Island event can access the support they need. Welfare services are available via:

  • Ngāti Awa Social and Health Services: 07 306 0096
  • Free counsellor service call/txt: 1737
  • Victim Support: 0800 542846
  • Pou Whakaaro: 0800 774 545
  • Salvation Army Chaplancy Services: 07 308 6923
  • Healthline: 0800 611 116
  • Whakatāne District Council: 07 306 2013

The latest recovery updates from NZ Police are available here

See the Whakatane District Council website or Facebook page for further local details and updates.