Whanau have told TangataWhenua.com that they have noticed other interesting geothermal activity. Wally Lee a Trustee for the Tuhourangi Maori Authority mentioned that Waikete geyser had “roared” back to life in recent weeks, and that korero from the past suggested that during the 1886 Tarawera eruption, thermal activity too had increased. He said that the raise was attributed to pressure building underground, similar to what they had heard happening at Ketetahi Springs at Tongario.
Geologists have also pointed to disappearing crater lakes, similar to the ocean breathing in minutes before a tsunami as a precursor to volcanic activity.
Te Moananui Rameka a who guides for Pure Ora Walks, the only Maori concession holder, who guide the Crossing and provide cultural interpretations, began seeing tohu around December, he and his team had noticed increased geothermal activity around Ketetahi Springs, including the rapid lowering of the Emerald Lakes and new geysers being born and had passed this information onto others. He felt that this was a tohu, a reminder and sign from both Tongariro and Ruamoko that people should not take the maunga for granted.
Interesting then that GNS scientists say the eruption came as a “total surprise” and that “volcanos” don’t speak to each other, but we’d disagree and whanau believe if they had a more holistic perspective they too would have seen the signs.
What have you seen whanau? Any increased geothermal activity in your area? Email us your story and photos and let us know.