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Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga – Whakaari Anniversary

One year on from the 2019 Whakaari eruption, we remember the lives lost and acknowledge the efforts of many during the tragedy. On this day 47 people were on the volcano when it erupted, mainly tourists.  Twenty-two have died and 22 were seriously injured.

The Physiotherapy Board acknowledge this is a day clouded by sadness for all those who were impacted by this tragedy.

To those who provided emergency care, the first responders and the many health professionals who cared for the injured – we acknowledge and thank you.

To the physiotherapists who provided acute care and worked with the injured on their journey of recovery – we recognise you, we thank you and acknowledge the unique service you provide.

Today is a day to remember the lost and injured and be grateful to those who cared for them and their loved ones.

We acknowledge Ngāti Awa, the local iwi that have provided support and have also been affected by the eruption of Whakaari.

Ngā mihi manaakitanga


Janice Mueller (Chairperson) and Jeanette Woltman-Black (Chief Executive)