Tipene Maangi Tour Guide Whakaari Volcano Death New Zealand – On Monday, December 9, 2019, at 2:11 in the afternoon,, Tipene Maangi, 24 (see video below), from Te Whānau a Apanui, worked as a New Zealand White Island Tours Limited guide for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Ovation of the Seas. When the ship called at White Island in New Zealand’s northeastern Bay of Plenty region, the Whakaari Volcano erupted.
Tipene Maangi was from Māori tribe and had only been working at White Island Tours Limited for two months,
Tipene grew up among his elders of Te Whānau a Apanui and he was regularly on the marae or among the community and with his people, “He was well versed in our hapū Te Whānau a Te Ehutu traditions and relationship with our ancestress Whakaari, and he knew details about our hapū Treaty of Waitangi claim to protect her as well.”
About The Māori
The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of waka (canoe) voyages somewhere between 1320 and 1350.
Over several centuries in isolation, these settlers developed their own distinctive culture whose language, mythology, crafts and performing arts evolved independently from other eastern Polynesian cultures.
New Zealand musicians and Whakatāne locals will pay respects to the victims and their families of the Whakaari White Island eruption at today’s Whakatāne Christmas at the Park.
The line-up for the event will include The Harmonicas, the Korean couple who sing in te reo Māori Daniel & Ashley, primary school kapa haka national champions Te Kura o Te Pāroa and other local artists.
About Whakaari Volcano
Whakaari also is known as just White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. It is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano and has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years.
The nearest mainland towns are Whakatane and Tauranga. The island has been in a nearly continuous stage of releasing volcanic gas at least since it was sighted by James Cook in 1769. Whakaari erupted continually from December 1975 until September 2000, marking the world’s longest historic eruption episode, according to GeoNet, and also in 2012, 2016, and 2019.
GeoNet, which tracks New Zealand’s seismic and volcanic activity, raised its alert level on the island in November after increasing sulfur dioxide gas. Volcanic tremor also increased, and the agency wrote at the time that the island “may be entering a period where the eruptive activity is more likely than normal.”
Royal Caribbean’s 4,905-passenger Ovation of the Seas arrived at the nearest port of Tauranga yesterday, and it is understood that most of the missing tourists were visiting White Island on the cruise line’s shore excursion.
Royal Caribbean’s spokesperson in Australia stated, “We can confirm that a number of our guests were touring the island today. We do not have any additional details to share at this time. Ovation of the Seas will remain overnight until we learn more about the situation. We will offer all possible assistance to our guests and local authorities. Please keep all those affected in your prayers.”
Other Whakaari Volcano Deaths
Anthony James Langford, 51, North Willoughby, Australia
Barbara Hollander, 50, Sydney, Australia (American)
Berend Hollander, 16, Sydney, Australia (American)
Gavin Dallow, 53, Adelaide, Australia
Hayden Marshall-Inman – 40, New Zealand White Island Tours Limited guide
Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Jessica Richards, 20, Brisbane, Australia
Julie Richards, 47, Brisbane, Australia
Karla Matthews, 32, Coffs Harbor, Australia
Kristine Langford, 45. North Willoughby, Australia
Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, Melbourne, Australia
Martin Hollander, 48, Sydney, Australia
Matthew Hollander, 13, Sydney, Australia (American)
Richard Elzer, 32, Coffs Harbor, Australia
Winona Jane Langford, 17, North Willoughby, Australia
Zoe Hosking, 15, Adelaide, Australia
Video: Whānau grateful for the return of beloved son Tipene Maangi