Police are continuing to support the victims of the Whakaari/White Island eruption along with the whanau of those who died or not yet returned
The search for two missing victims of the eruption was suspended on 24 December however police has staff available and ready to respond if any new information becomes available.
"We remain in close liaison with Mana Whenua, namely Ngati Awa and another coastal iwi from the Matatatua waka, and are also working closely with the key agencies involved since the disaster with the aim of keeping all safe as the response to the disaster continues," Police media said.
The Police investigation on behalf of the Coroner is continuing, in parallel with the WorkSafe New Zealand investigation
"Many of our staff involved worked long hours during the operation and we are ensuring they are receiving the appropriate wellbeing, support, and rest."
Authorities have not returned to the island since the recovery mission was completed
A rahui placed on the island was lifted on 29 December, and MPI has issued a warning notice advising people not to eat kai moana taken within a 1km zone of the island’s coast.
New Zealand Police earlier on Monday, December 23 confirmed another person has died admitted at the Middlemore Hospital following the White Island eruption.
Police said the victim died before 11 p.m. on Sunday, December 22.
The New York Post revealed the name of the deceased as Atlanta woman Mayuari ‘Mary’ Singh who was with her husband on the tour of the White Island on December 9.
New Zealand police has not released the name of the deceased yet.
Mayuari Singh received 70 per cent burns on her body and died at the hospital due to complications in her treatment which included skin grafts on burned areas of the body, NY Post & 11Alive reported.
Mayuari 'Maya' Singh, resident of Atlanta, United States
Mayuari Singh’s husband Pratab, ‘Paul’ Singh, received 40 per cent burns on his body and remained hospitalised.
Mayuari Singh’s death brings the total death toll from the White Island’s fatal eruption to 17, 16 of whom died in New Zealand and one in Australia.
The last update as per New Zealand says that bodies of two people, Marshall-Inman and 17-year-old Winona Langford are still missing and the search is going on.
Police resources, including the Eagle helicopter and Deodar vessel, will remain in Whakatane for several days.
“An extensive aerial search for further victims of the Whakaari / White Island eruption was conducted by Coastguard and Police over the weekend, between the island and the mainland.
Rescuers land on the White Island after the volcanic eruption in New Zealand, Dec. 9, 2019. Two Chinese nationals were among those injured in the volcanic eruption on the White Island
“No further items of significance were located,” Police media reported.