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$50k aid for relief efforts

Mere Naleba
Sunday, February 18, 2018

THE New Zealand Government has set aside $50,000 to help the Fijian Government with immediate emergency relief needs following Tropical Cyclone Gita.

This was confirmed by the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji, saying the support also included providing funds to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to charter a local aircraft to undertake aerial surveillance of affected islands.

The commission said New Zealand was focused on helping its Pacific neighbour following the extensive damage caused by TC Gita on Tuesday.

"Our role in this response is to support the emergency efforts that are being led by the governments of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, and respond to requests for assistance," the commission said.

The commission said $NZ2.25 million ($F3.33m) had been set aside to support the TC Gita emergency relief efforts for Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

Part of this amount is $1.5m that will be used to replenish New Zealand Red Cross relief supplies in the Pacific, as well as targeted help to Tonga and Fiji.

"The full picture of the damage caused by TC Gita is only just beginning to emerge, but what is clear is that there is a big recovery job ahead. We continue to stand ready to assist Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in any way we can."

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