2 Mar 2020

Whakaari/White Island: Defence Force signed exemption for recovery mission

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 2 March 2020

The head of the Defence Force had to sign a special exemption prior to the recovery operation on Whakaari/White Island, bypassing Health and Safety protocols and acknowledging the extreme risk involved.

Documents released by the Defence Force give more details about the dangerous recovery mission, in which eight people went onto the Island to recover six bodies.

Ben Strang reports.