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Source: GNS Science

GNS Science has today been advised it faces charges relating to the eruption at Whakaari/White Island on 9 December 2019. We have not yet been advised of the nature of those charges.

We will take some time to consider our next steps given the broader implications.

We stand by our people and our science – which we will continue to deliver for the benefit of NZ

We will continue to co-operate fully with the authorities, while carrying on with the crucial role GNS Science has in monitoring and sharing scientific information about Aotearoa New Zealand’s geohazards, including volcanoes

As this is now subject to legal proceedings, we are unable to make further comment at this time.

The 2019 eruption at Whakaari was a tragic event, and one year on, our thoughts are still with those who were seriously injured and their families.  Our thoughts are also with the families of those who lost their lives and the affected communities.