Statement - NZDF response to White Island eruption

The New Zealand Defence Force is sending a number of NZDF assets and personnel to assist in the emergency response following the eruption on White Island.

The NZDF will be working under the direction of NZ Police but has sent a number of assets to the area to help as needed.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft has flown over White Island carrying out surveillance over the area, and two NH90 helicopters have flown to Whakatane to assist.

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Wellington is currently transiting from Auckland to Whakatane to offer support.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

This page was last reviewed on 9 March 2020.