New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were ending the search for the bodies of two people still missing following the deadly eruption of a volcano earlier this month. Those still missing, presumed dead, are Winona Langford, a 17-year-old Australian tourist, and Hayden Marshall-Inman, a 40-year-old New Zealand tour guide. Their bodies are thought to have been swept into the ocean around the uninhabited volcanic island.
The New Zealand military will deploy to White Island at first light in an attempt to bring eight bodies home to their desperate families – despite a serious risk of the volcano erupting again. Eight specialist military personnel will land on the island on Friday morning local time in an operation that is expected to last several hours, and involves multiple risk factors.
Eight people are missing and “presumed” dead after the volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island, police have said. Deputy Commissioner John Tims said five people had died, 31 were in hospital, three had been discharged from hospital and eight people were missing and “presumed dead” after the volcano suddenly spewed plumes of smoke and debris 3,600m (12,000ft).
A powerful volcanic eruption has rocked New Zealand’s White Island, a small uninhabited volcanic islet sticking up out of the sea in the Bay of Plenty, 50 kilometers offshore of the country’s North Island. Several people have been injured, some reportedly with serious burns, and some have been evacuated to the mainland. At least seven people are critically injured.
The world’s first HIV positive sperm bank has been launched in an effort to reduce the stigma experienced by those living with the virus. Although this does not mean the HIV has been cured, it does mean that the treatment is working well and so the virus cannot be passed on – even through sex without a condom or childbirth.
New Zealand’s parliament has voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia, paving the way for a national referendum on the issue next year. The law would allow terminally ill people with less than six months to live the opportunity to choose assisted dying if approved by two doctors. The bill was passed with a vote of 69-51, ending years of heated parliamentary debate on the topic.
Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords. She said: “I absolutely believe and continue to stand by the statement that climate change is the biggest challenge of our time.
A bus carrying 27 people, mostly Chinese tourists, rolled over on a highway in New Zealand’s North Island on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring six, police said. Police are investigating the accident on State Highway 5 near Rotorua, a popular destination for tourist groups from China. Ethnic liaison officers were coordinating with victims’ families and Chinese officials.
The alleged gunman in the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 people has been exchanging letters with white supremacists from his maximum security jail cell at Auckland’s Paremoremo prison, the New Zealand government has confirmed. A letter from Brenton Tarrant was sent to a supporter in early July and experts say it can be read as a “call to arms” for white supremacists worldwide.
The main suspect in the Christchurch attacks in March, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Brenton Tarrant is charged with the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted murder and one terrorism charge in New Zealand’s deadliest peace time mass shooting. The suspect was arrested on 15 March for his alleged involvement in the shootings at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, both located in Christchurch.