Whakaari/White Island - patient status

Last updated 1.00 pm, 17 January 2020

The New Zealand health system continues to work hard to support those affected by the tragic event at Whakaari/White Island.

On 13 January 2020, New Zealand Police confirmed that a further person had died in an Australian hospital as a result of injuries suffered in the eruption.

The death of this person brings the official number of deceased to 18, 16 of whom died in New Zealand and two in Australia. A further two people remain unaccounted for.

There are currently 12 patients being cared for at four hospitals around New Zealand – Middlemore, Hutt Valley, Waikato, and Christchurch. 4 of these patients are critical.

13 patients have been transferred to Australia.

The breakdown of patient numbers across the hospitals as at 1pm Friday 17 January:

  • 9 patients being treated at Middlemore Hospital
  • 1 patient being treated at Waikato Hospital
  • 1 patient being treated at Hutt Valley Hospital
  • 1 patient being treated at Christchurch Hospital.


In the week commencing January 13, one patient was transferred from Waikato to Middlemore Hospitals and one patient was effectively discharged from Hutt Hospital. Patients who have been discharged will still require hospital level treatment as appropriate.

Information on this page will be updated to reflect any significant change.
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