Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Flight To Raoul To Help Assess Safety For Return

20 March 2006

Flight To Raoul To Help Assess Safety For Return

An Airforce Orion P3K aircraft is to fly to Raoul tomorrow to help assess whether the island is safe for people to land.

The Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences volcanologists aboard the flight will carry out a through visual check of any volcanic activity from the air to compliment the assessment by the boat-based scientists.

Department of Conservation Warkworth Area Manager Rolien Elliot said the flight, coordinated by National Martime Coordination Centre, which leaves at 10am tomorrow from Auckland, would enable a more complete assessment of volcanic activity on the island.

“Checking the crater from the air will give us more information to help decide whether the island is safe for people to land on. It will back up the assessments being made from the boat tomorrow morning.”

Ms Elliot said defence personnel, DOC staff and two IGNS vulcanologists, Brad Scott and Bruce Christenson, would be aboard the flight, which will arrive at the island at 11.30am.

The joint DOC, NZ Police and IGNS expedition to Raoul aboard the vessel Brave Heart will assess the nature of any ongoing volcanic activity on the island and whether it is safe for people to land. If landing is possible, the police will determine the feasibility of a search and recovery mission to find missing DOC staff member Mark Kearney.

The Brave Heart is due to arrive at Raoul at about 9am tomorrow morning.

Ms Elliot said the boat trip was proceeding well and the DOC team aboard were fine apart from some being affected by sea sickness.

“The Raoul team are keen to get back to the island to be involved in any search that may occur for their work mate and friend Mark.”

The DOC team onboard includes Raoul programme manager Mike Ambrose, two rangers Shane McInnes and Liz Whitwell, who have both spent a year on Raoul, and the five staff who were working on the island (Jim Livingstone, Morgan Cox, Melanie Nelson, Evan Ward and Lynda McGrory-Ward). They are accompanied by two IGNS volcanologists, Michael Rosenberg and Craig Miller, and two police officers.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election