We Stand With You, Says Marama Fox

Keimami tu vata kei keimuni kei nomuni vanua ena dredre ni lako curuma tiko; mo ni tu vakaukauwa tiko me rawa ni tarai cake tale o Viti lomani”. (We stand
02 Mar 2016 11:35
We Stand With You, Says Marama Fox
Marama Fox, left and the New Zealand naval ship HMANZ Canterbury.

Keimami tu vata kei keimuni kei nomuni vanua ena dredre ni lako curuma tiko; mo ni tu vakaukauwa tiko me rawa ni tarai cake tale o Viti lomani”. (We stand with you during this hard times that your country is going through, stand strong so that you can rebuild this beloved Fiji).

These were words of Maori Party co-leader, Marama Fox, who was among Members of Parliament in New Zealand that showed their gratitude and support for the people in Fiji affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Mrs Fox also acknowledged the resilience of the Fijian people.

She made the statement after the Prime Minister John Key yesterday in Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand moved a motion without notice for members of the house to express their support with the people of Fiji and other Pacific nations affected by the cyclone. The motion was not opposed by any members of the House.

New Zealand’s total contribution to the cyclone response now stands at FJ$4.7million.

Mr Key said Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction through Fiji; resulting in loss of lives and significant loss of properties and crops.

“Cyclone Winston was designated to category 5; the strongest cyclone to make landfall in Fiji with sustained winds reaching over 300km per hour.

“In some village where the eye of the storm pass directly over, the devastation is near complete; it is assessed that up to 40 per cent of Fiji’s population has been impacted by the cyclone.

“In the immediate aftermath of cyclone Winston, NZ quickly understood that significant resources would be required to help Fiji,” he said.

Mr Key said the acceptance of their P-3K2 Orion flights to undertake aerial damage assessments was successful.

“The C-130H Hercules has also made a number of flights to Fiji taking much needed relief supplies,” he said.

Mr Key said over 160 tonnes of supplies with priority emergency goods had been provided to Fiji.

The supplies included food, constructions supplies, generators, tents, tarpaulins, blankets and shelter kits as well as water and sanitation kits.

Mr Key said the HMNZ Canterbury is expected to arrive in the country carrying nearly 90 tonnes of relief, building supplies and helicopters.

“By the end of this week there will be close to 400 New Zealand personnel in Fiji doing what New Zealand does best getting out onto the ground; helping our Pacific neighbors in time of need.

“The Fijian people are resilient and they will overcome this event and in time they will recover, they can be assured that New Zealand will continue to work with them and support them through the relief recovery and rebuild phases,” he said.

Opposition leader, Andrew Little acknowledged the New Zealand Government of their timely assistance.

Edited by: Manasa Kalouniviti



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