Initial and foremost, we would like to convey our sorrow and give condolences to all those who have lost their liked types following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island on Monday.
At this stage, restoration of liked types who are nevertheless on the island is of paramount worry and all of our sources such as vessels, protection tools and personnel have been made offered to NZ Law enforcement and Civil Defence to assist the restoration mission.
For Ngāti Awa (tangata whenua of Whakatāne) our accountability to present care for our persons and guests all through this difficult time is foremost in our minds and actions. We are focussed on wrapping the important assist all around affected family members and team, all of whom are understandably distraught.
Karakia (prayer) solutions are being held day by day to give team and affected family members an possibility to arrive together in our grief.
Local liaisons are being appointed to assist overseas family members who are arriving in Whakatāne. Assist offers are being set together currently such as useful and helpful things for all those family members as they await information and updates on the restoration mission.
We are fully commited to facilitating loved ones members’ vacation and other preparations although we all await the return of liked types to their family members.
We would like to admit the several presents of assist from our group and also broader iwi from across the place. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa.
There are quite a few thoughts that are remaining to be answered but our precedence at this time is on the welfare of all those affected.