ANZASW’s Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Whakaari Volcanic Eruption

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Whakaari volcanic eruption that took place on 9 December 2019. Tragically killing 22 and critically injuring many others.

ANZASW extends our sympathies and thoughts to the victims’ family and whānau as well as the survivors who continue to live with the trauma and ongoing consequences of the eruption.

We would like to also acknowledge and thank the many social workers who have and who continue to work with the victims of the eruption. The work of these social workers has been critical in the recovery and rehabilitation of the victims.

ANZASW also acknowledges the incredible work of the rescue personnel who risked their own lives in order to save those of others.

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  • James Makowharemahihi JP Advanced Practitioner Kaupapa Hauora ANZASW SWRB

    Moe mai ra e nga mate a te puehu o te Moutere Whakaari I Whakatane. Kia kaha ra e nga Morehu o te puehu I Whakaari. Te pouri te tangi o nga whanau mamae kia kaha ra kia maia.
    Te tumanako ko te whakatika e whaiake te mautauranga te tohu mohiotanga ki te tata te wa puehu.
    Ko nga hunga kaimahi o nga roopu katoa hei whai nga huarahi tika.
    Ki te mana whenua Ngati Awa Ngai Tuhoe koutou nga uri o te rohe ra ka mihi ka mihi ka mihi maioha
    Na te Aroha o te Ariki e manaaki e tiaki.

    In deference to my tauiwi Social Work colleagues I endeavour to share what I have written.
    I acknowledge those 22 who have lost their lives and the many casualties in this tradegy at Whakaari Island, Bay of Plenty.
    May we learn from such a travesty. For the many who came to our lands and were courageous in their Island adventure but mother earth within her volcano core is highly unpredictable and we take a risk daily around her.
    I also acknowledge mana whenua guardians of the Bay of Plenty Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Rangitihi

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