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‘NZ Will Stand By Fiji’

New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully says they are moved by the extent of the devastation caused by the cyclone and are willing to stand by the Fijian
01 Mar 2016 14:11
‘NZ Will Stand By Fiji’
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCully in Suva.

New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully says they are moved by the extent of the devastation caused by the cyclone and are willing to stand by the Fijian Government and help.

“During my visit to Fiji I was able to see first-hand the devastation caused by the cyclone and we will stand by Fiji to make sure that humanitarian aid is taken to all cyclone hit areas; the cyclone damage was massive,” he said.

He made these assurances after meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kuboubola, at the National Disaster Management Office in Suva yesterday.

“We have great confidence in NDMO that they will help us and we are going to support them in making sure that humanitarian aid is delivered to various parts of Fiji that was hit by the cyclone,” Mr McCully said.

He said they had sent their team of experts, helicopters and surveillance to help with damage assessments along with humanitarian aid assistance.

He said the HMNZS Canterbury is expected to arrive in the country soon with humanitarian aid assistance; meanwhile the HMNZS Wellington had already arrived into the country.

The Fijian Government has asked for the New Zealand ships to be deployed to Vanuabalavu for immediate assistance.

The vessel is carrying vehicles and helicopters for its month long mission New Zealand’s total contribution to the Fijian cyclone relief effort now stands at F$4.6million.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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