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Thousands Raised For Family Of White Island Volcano Tragedy Victim

A fundraiser to help the family of White Island volcano victim Hayden Marshall-Inman travel to New Zealand has raised more than $6,000.

Marshall-Inman, an experienced tour guide from Whakatane in New Zealand, was named as the first victim who died in the tragedy in the Bay of Plenty on Monday.

His brother Mark Inman confirmed the news to friends and family on Facebook.

"My bro Hayden Marshall-Inman has passed away doing the one thing he loved," he wrote on Monday evening.

"Thanks for all your messages. I’ll be in touch when we know more."

On Tuesday he told 10 News that the volcano was usually a "magical place."

"It's brought so many magical memories to thousands of kiwis and tourists around the world," Mark said. "But unfortunately it has taken one of our family."

Tributes for the tour guide flooded in over social media with friends remembering him as a "lovely young man".

"He was such a top man. He’s left a huge impact on this world. Truly one of the good guys," a family friend wrote on Facebook.

"R.I.P. Hayden, my heart aches deeply for your family, and for your premature departure from our lives. Your inspirational vibe and outlook on life will never be forgotten," another person said.

"Haydz ... we will miss you and your amazing smile, laugh and beautiful energy, can’t believe it much love to your family our darling friend," another friend wrote.

Hayden Marshall-Inman. Image: Facebook/Hayden Marshall-Inman.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help Inman's sister and her family, who are travelling from Vancouver to Whakatane to be with him.

The page has been vetted by GoFundMe's 'Trust and Safety' team who are monitoring the tragedy and verifying pages set up in the wake of the tragedy.

"Even in good times, it's difficult living on the other side of the world from family," the page organiser wrote.

"You miss out on closeness, comfort and the little things that in the end mean so much. In the worst times this distance comes as a crushing blow."

The page is raising money to help with travel costs for Inman's sister Renee Radmacker, her husband Lorne and their three kids.

At time of writing, it has raised over $6,500.

Hayden Marshall-Inman. Image: Facebook/Hayden Marshall-Inman.
Hayden working on White Island. Image: Facebook/ Liz Evans.

New Zealand authorities have confirmed at least six people have died in the tragedy.

Forty seven tourists were on the island when the volcano erupted on Monday afternoon, including 24 Australians.

Prime Minister Morrison on Tuesday said 11 Australians were unaccounted for, including at least three believed to be among the six who have already been confirmed dead.

There are eight people who are still missing and feared dead.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said 13 of those who were transported to multiple hospitals across New Zealand were Australians.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said emergency services are now operating a recovery mission, not a rescue mission for those still missing after the White Island volcano eruption on Monday.

New Zealand authorities and scientists are meeting in Wellington on Wednesday to decide whether it's safe to access the volcanic island.

Anyone concerned about loved ones can call DFAT's 24-hour consular emergency number on 1300 555 135 from within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas. New Zealand police say people from overseas can call +64 9105 105 to submit information regarding friends or family who might have been visiting White Island during the eruption. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au