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Recovery HMNZS Canterbury Back to Load More Supplies for North

15 tonnes building materials, 9 tonne s food items and engineers for rebuilding in Yacata The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury has returned to Suva to
17 Mar 2016 09:45
Recovery HMNZS Canterbury Back to Load More  Supplies for North
HMNZS Canterbury alongside in Suva. The NZDF has deployed to Fiji to provide Humanitarian Aid and Distaster Relief following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

15 tonnes building materials, 9 tonne s food items and engineers for rebuilding in Yacata

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury has returned to Suva to load more emergency relief supplies for Fiji’s northern outer islands and also replenish her own supplies.

Commander (CDR) Simon Rooke, the commanding officer of HMNZS Canterbury, said 15 tonnes of construction materials and nine tonnes of food were loaded for distribution in the northern Lau archipelago. Fifteen staff from Fijian Government departments also embarked.

“We have delivered the aid supplies that we brought from New Zealand to the different villages on Vanuabalavu Island. This visit is to pick up more relief goods, including materials for the rebuilding that is underway on Vanuabalavu and work that will begin on Yacata Island,” Commander Rooke said.

Major Chris Wilson, the officer commanding of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Task Unit, said eight combat engineers from the NZDF and three from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces form part of a 16-person reconstruction team that will be based on Yacata from this Thursday to support rebuilding on the island over the next 10 days.

“We will be working on a school, a medical centre and the water reticulation system. Schools are a priority so the kids can go back to class and learn,” Major Wilson said.

Meanwhile, the offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington is heading back to New Zealand today after operating for almost three weeks in the northern Lau archipelago. The ship had delivered around 70 tonnes of aid supplies from New Zealand to affected communities on Vanuabalavu, Yacata and other islands in the area. She also identified route and anchorage into Vanuabalavu lagoon that HMNZS Canterbury had used and beaches for her landing craft operations. The aid supplies delivered included tinned food, crackers, bottled water and vaccines and bales of tree saplings.

Source: New Zealand Defence Force

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