TAKING A MOMENT: Trace Tidd and her daughters McKenzie, 8, and Darcy, 5, leave a tribute to those who have died and those who are suffering in the aftermath of the Whakaari White Island eruption. Photos Troy Baker D9339-47

THE cordon fence blocking The Heads from the public after Monday’s disaster on Whakaari White Island, became the focus of outpourings of sympathy and grief.

Among those expressing their sorrow through floral tributes was local entertainer and dance teacher Trace Tidd.

Trace told Eastern Bay Life though she had no immediate personal connections to any of those who had died, a number of her friends and students did.

Her description of her feelings in the aftermath of the devastating eruption echoes those of many Whakatane residents.

“More than anything, a feeling of being overwhelmed by the events, a bit shell-shocked I guess and wanting to do something when there’s really nothing that can be done.

“Also, I feel like its important to give our children an understanding that it’s okay to be sad and we need to take a moment and recognise that and honour the people who have passed and the people who are sick and the men and women who are helping them.

She was joined at the cordon with her two daughters McKenzie, 8, and Darcy, 5.