Whakaari remembered: Prime Minister reveals ‘one story did stand out’
The woman who ran out of Pak ‘n Save without paying, pushing a shopping trolley filled with plastic food wrap, yelling a promise to “sort it out later”.
The look of shock on the faces of first responders, especially the younger ones, and their stoicism.
The sight of ambulance officers comforting a young boy, separated from his parents.
More than six months on from the December 9 eruption of Whakaari – these are the memories that linger with the key players who, in their various roles, had to deal with one of the worst single event losses of life in New Zealand.
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Stuff: Benn Bathgate, May 30, 2020