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NZ Gives $21M For Cyclone Package Support

NZ Gives $21M For Cyclone Package  Support
Front, from left: NZ High Commissioner Mark Ramsden, Atelaite Cama, Bruno Evangelista, Adi Moapa Secondary School principal Mishra Singh. Back, from left: Assistant Minister for Health Alex O’Conor, Vilive Anise, Mago Island general manager Martin Livingston Photo: NZ High Commission
September 09
11:00 2017


The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerry Brownlee, announced a NZ$15 million (F$21m) support package to assist with long term recovery in Fiji, following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Of the $21m donation $10m has been demarcated for the Northern Lau project.

In Northern Lau TC Winston recovery work includes the construction of replacement buildings and repairs to damaged buildings at Lomaloma, Mualevu, Mavana, Daliconi and Cikobia villages.

Pacific Building Solutions has been contracted to design and build resilient infrastructure that will provide long term benefit to the communities in Lau.

New Zealand High Commission stated a number of infrastructure upgrades have been carried out at Adi Maopa Primary and Secondary schools in Lomaloma, Mualevu District School and Primary Schools of Mavana, Daliconi and Cikobia.

Completed activities so far at Lomaloma are the school veranda extension, new computer room, library, kitchen and dining hall, lunch pavilion, repairs to the secondary school admin building, and a new health clinic for Lomaloma Hospital. Work continues at Lomaloma.

The Government hub in Mualevu is being re-built, which includes work premises and residents for Water Authority of Fiji staff, Fiji Meteorological Service, and Ministry for Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Fiji Police Force.

This work, is in addition, to the re-construction and repair works carried out by the New Zealand and Fijian Defence forces immediately after TC Winston in February last year.

New Zealand’s response to the tragic impact of Cyclone Winston saw one of the largest peacetime deployments of the New Zealand Defence Force to the Pacific.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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