A director from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship has thanked local authorities for their “extraordinary” effort following a karakia today for the ship’s passengers who were killed and injured on White Island yesterday.
Passengers and crew of the cruise ship were invited this afternoon to the karakia near the Port of Tauranga, where the Ovation of Seas is berthed.
“Thank you our dear host, we really appreciate the effort you have committed,” Royal Caribbean International's Gianluca Corneli said following the Karakia Tau Te Mauri by Tauranga iwi Ngāi Te Rangi.
“It was extraordinary the effort from the local authorities, the rescuers, first responders. We really appreciate all of your help.”
The karakia is a ritual to create a calm space for people to reflect on yesterday’s tragedy.