23 Nov 2012

Iwi calls for cool heads on mountain

8:17 pm on 23 November 2012

A Ruapehu iwi says that people should not get caught up in the hysteria over seismic activity on the mountain, but remain alert and obey Department of Conservation warnings to stay away from certain areas.

Nearby Tongariro erupted on Wednesday sending out huge clouds of steam and ash from Te Maari crater.

GNS Science says eruptions are likely because pressure is building up a blocked vent under the crater lake.

Ngati Rangi Trust pou arahi or executive manager Che Wilson, of Ohakune, says people living near the central North Island mountains need to remain calm and use their common sense.

He says the key thing is people need to be prepared to respond to any instructions from DoC or Civil Defence, and not to get wound up in the hype.

On the other side of the mountain, Ngati Hikairo ki Tongariro is working with state agencies to ensure they deal directly with tangata whenua to make sure safety precautions are in place.