Police say no survivors are expected to be found on Whakaari/White Island after yesterday afternoon's volcanic eruption.
Twenty-three people were rescued from the island off the Bay of Plenty coast - five later died from their injuries.
Police estimated up to 27 people had been left stranded on the island when rescue efforts were abandoned because of safety concerns.
Late last night they said they were still working to confirm the exact number.
RNZ reporter Andrew McRae is on the waterfront at Whakatāne.