White Island eruption: Mark Inman asks PM if he can retrieve brother's body in emotional letter

A man whose brother is presumed dead on White Island after Monday's eruption has written an emotional letter to the Prime Minister.

Mark Inman has asked Jacinda Ardern for an official pardon to retrieve his brother Hayden's body. He says if the Government won't do it, he will see that it is done himself.

"With the current conditions of sunshine baking and decomposing his body, he's going from a situation where we could have an open casket to now more than likely not having a body at all," the letter reads.

"I am writing to ask for a pardon for my actions of a personal recovery."

A staff member from the Prime Minister's office replied, saying "it must be an incredibly tough time for you and your whanau". They said his letter would be passed on to Police Minister Stuart Nash - with promises he would respond "very soon".

Watch Patrick Gower's full story from The Project NZ.