"Two teams of four search and rescue and disaster victim identification staff are being taken to the island by helicopter".
As New Zealand divers carry out a high-risk recovery operation to recover the body of a person killed in Monday's volcanic eruption on White Island, police have announced that the official death toll has risen to 15.
Two recovery teams have returned safely to the mainland after flying to Whakaari/White Island as efforts to find two bodies still missing since last Monday's eruption continue.
New Zealand divers searched for two remaining bodies on Saturday (December 14).
Up to that point all names released have come from families, not the police.
"Divers have reported seeing a number of dead fish and eels washed ashore and floating in the water", Deputy Commissioner John Tims of New Zealand Police said.
Tims said conditions in the water around White Island yesterday were "not optimal", with between zero and two metres visibility.
The six recovered bodies have been airlifted to Auckland Hospital, where chief coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, leads an identification process.
Searchers on Saturday continued to look for the body of one person seen in the water following the eruption, police said. But the location of the other body is still unknown. An aerial search of the island was suspended at nightfall.
However, "unique and challenging" weather conditions hindered the water search and no additional bodies to the six recovered on Friday was made. The process involves forensic pathologists, odontologists and other experts who will work with the families of the missing people to determine the victims' identities.
Ardern and her Cabinet will lead the minute of silence during their regular meeting at Parliament in Wellington. "Together we can express our sorrow for those who have died and been hurt and our support for their grieving families and friends".
Volcanologists aboard will use electronic equipment on the island to provide the recovery team with real-time information on the volcano's behavior.
Many tourists who died on the island were Australians and Canberra's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said they had been affected by a catastrophic event.
Scientists have warned that White Island, which is the exposed tip of a mostly undersea volcano, is highly volatile, and has been venting steam and mud regularly.
Of the 15 injured still being treated in New Zealand, 11 are in very critical condition, requiring surgery every second day. Some of the survivors are suffering from major burns to their skin and lungs.
Injured tourists are ferried into waiting ambulances ready to transport them to several hospitals including Whakatane, Tauranga, Middlemore and Auckland City, following the eruption.
Specialist medical teams were heading to New Zealand from Australia, Britain and the United States.
Three patients evacuated from New Zealand to the Alfred hospital in Melbourne were also critically ill. Among the 47 people on the island at the time were Australian, U.S., German, Chinese, British and Malaysian tourists.