07 August 2012
Despite being located in the Central Plateau region at the base of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro, NZ Army personnel currently training in the Waiouru Military Training Area have not been affected by last night's sudden eruption, according to Major Pat Hibbs of the NZ Army's Training and Doctrine Command.
"We had a number of people training in the region, who were evacuated from the training area as a precautionary measure once the eruption occurred. However, we have since done a risk assessment of the area and accordingly those same personnel have been able to continue with their training as scheduled.
"There has been no sign of any ash in the Waiouru Military Training Area and as a result there is no risk to the health of any of our personnel," stated Major Hibbs.
The NZ Army maintains a relationship with Civil Defence and other Government Departments, and will continue to provide updates should the situation in Waiouru change.
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