A flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Auckland International Airport, sparking a full-scale emergency response.
Updated 1.10 pm
Volatile White Island is at risk of erupting again, leading rescuers to contemplate a possible high-speed, in-and-out mission to recover victims' bodies.
Horrifying footage of how a popular tourist spot was turned into a place of tragedy has been released in a 12-minute video by a tourist who was on White Island minutes before the eruption.
Two Australian brothers have died in hospital following the Whakaari /White Island eruption on Monday.
The risk of a further eruption on White Island stands at 40-60 percent and police insist it remains too dangerous to collect the eight bodies on the volcano.
New Zealand is importing skin from the United States and Australia to help treat horrific burn injuries after the Whakaari/White Island eruption.
An early alert system and social connectivity buddies are two measures Canterbury Uni will bring in to reduce the chances of another student death like that of Mason Pendrous.
The Government will heed the advice of two new reports suggesting sweeping changes to New Zealand's criminal justice system, with some changes coming into effect immediately.
Twenty-two of the people injured by the eruption on Whaakari / White Island still need airway support to breathe, and 1.2 million square centimetres of skin is needed for their ongoing recovery.
The family of a University of Canterbury student whose body lay unnoticed in campus accommodation for two to four weeks will "never know what he died of", a coroner has concluded.
Amid fears not all eruption victims being treated around the country will survive police have confirmed 25 of 30 patients remain in a critical condition.
A heroic helicopter pilot told four tourists to get into the water with him as White Island erupted. Two did and escaped injury, but two didn't and were severely burned.
This evening police released a list of nine people who are not either in hospital or who have not been discharged.
The Government will spend an extra $12 billion on infrastructure, split across new roading, rail, schools and healthcare projects, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed.
The little girl tragically killed after being hit by a vehicle on a driveway at the weekend was a "beautiful soul who loved to dance".
Some of Lindauer's strawberry bubbly has been pulled from shelves following fears of glass contamination.
The surviving sibling of a teenager killed in a car crash in Christchurch has taken a turn for the worse days after her older sister's funeral.