The team from Stimulus (NZ) Limited went on the road first thing this morning to get these exclusive pictures. Here is a selection taken by Fransje van Hoppe. High resolution scans are available to the media. E-mail Gerald Speers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details of how you can use these images for commercial use. Gerald can be contacted by phone on +64 21 341 066. More pictures will be added when they become available. All pictures are (c) Copyright Stimulus (NZ) Ltd. 1996.
|This is the ash cloud that has disrupted flights in the central North Island of New Zealand. On this day some scheduled flights were cancelled in Rotorua and Taupo.|
|Ash from the eruption falling on the Whakapapa Ski field, just a few days before the season was due to open. Looks like the skifield is in for a bad year again this year. The ash you see falling here is being dumped directly on the ski field. More recently the ash has washed away or been covered by new snow. Perhaps the ski season will be ok.|
|A view of the ash that has drifted over Lake Taupo. This picture was taken at 1:00pm from the hills above Turangi.|
|A plume appeared around 7am and steadily grew through the day. This was the plume at 10:30am on Monday 17th June 1996.|
|Snow skiing is looking bad. For the hardened there is still waterskiing or drinking New Zealand Wine I suppose.|