"We know that reunification won't ease that sense of loss or grief".
"The victims and their families are our priority but we also have important obligations", Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims said.
"Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones", she said, revealing she was on tenterhook for the four hours the military team was on the volcano.
The bodies were then flown to the Navy ship HMNZS Wellington, which was anchored off the island, then airlifted to Whakatane Airport.
The recovery had been on hold for days as poisonous gases continued billowing from the volcanic vent and the island remained blanketed in a thick layer of acidic ash.
The bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification.
The volcano erupted on December 9 while a number of tourists were visiting the island.
A New Zealand military team in gas masks and hazmat suits recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, as doctors worked to save badly burned survivors.
Authorities are still working to recover two more bodies, including one that was spotted in the water near the shore of White Island.
Two bodies are still to be recovered.
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The death toll from the eruption is now at 14, with two bodies on the island still classified as missing.
"Today's planning will allow us to return to the island to conduct further land-based searches for the remaining deceased, as the environment on and around the island allows", police said.
Bringing back the bodies was the right thing to do, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
During a press conference, he said that there are two possibilities for the location of the other body: it is also in the water or still on the island and they haven't been able to locate it yet.
Scientists have warned White Island, which is the exposed tip of a mostly undersea volcano, is "highly volatile", and has been venting steam and mud regularly. They are thought to be a tour guide and the captain of a boat that had taken tourists to the island. Numerous survivors were severely burned.
Of the 15 injured still being treated in New Zealand, 11 are in very critical condition, requiring surgery every second day.
New Zealand has ordered 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) of skin to treat patients injured in the eruption, authorities said Wednesday.
Overseas burn specialists will be coming on board to help the New Zealand medical professionals, according to the outlet.
But some days later a phone call came from Canberra announcing their relative may have been laying in a hospital bed in New Zealand.
Authorities say 24 Australians, nine Americans, five New Zealanders, four Germans, two Britons, two Chinese and a Malaysian were on the island at the time.