13 Dec 2019

Families of Whakaari missing approach island before recovery

From Checkpoint, 5:44 pm on 13 December 2019

Families of those missing were the first to approach Whakaari ahead of this morning's recovery.

Whānau of the eight people still on the island were on a boat which headed out to the island before dawn.

They were about one kilometre off Whakaari with Ngāti Awa for a blessing.

Katie Scotcher reports.