The recovery of bodies from Whakaari/White Island is an absolute priority for Police.
We understand and appreciate the desire of families and the public for the bodies to be retrieved as soon as possible.
Our staff and partner agencies are committed to making this happen.
It is important to note that the environment on the island has changed since the eruption.
It is the role of GNS to provide Police with advice as to the safety of deploying onto the island.