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Schools, Clinics Reopen With NZDF Help

A number of local schools and medical centres damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston last month have now reopened following repairs by New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) engineers. “The New Zealand
19 Mar 2016 11:21
Schools, Clinics Reopen With NZDF Help
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A number of local schools and medical centres damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston last month have now reopened following repairs by New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) engineers.

“The New Zealand soldiers have done a great job in repairing our classrooms and other buildings,” Navunisea District School head teacher Tom Seru said.

The school is situated at Silana Village in Tailevu.

“Our school is the first in the area that was repaired by the New Zealand military.

“We truly appreciate their help and we are happy that through their efforts, we have been able to resume classes.”

The Category Five cyclone, which left a trail of devastation across Fiji on February 20, smashed the roofs of the school’s eight classrooms and library. It also destroyed the dining hall, toilets, teacher’s quarters and kindergarten.

The school reopened on March 7 following repairs done by engineers from the NZDF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF). The soldiers also built a dining hall and a hand washing station for the school.

John Tabuwere, 12, a Year Seven student said: “I and my friends come every day to watch the New Zealand soldiers fix our classrooms. They are friendly and sometimes play rugby with us during their lunch break.”

Some 164 children aged six to 13 attend Navunisea District School.

Major (MAJ) Chris Wilson, commanding officer of the NZDF’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Task Unit, said around 60 carpenters, electricians, plumbers, plant operators and combat engineers have been working alongside RFMF soldiers to repair schools and clinics in four villages on Viti Levu and in nine communities in the remote northern Lau. They are supported by over 70 New Zealand Army logisticians, signallers and medical staff.

“The schools and clinics we have repaired at Viti Levu and northern Lau have since reopened,” Major Wilson said. Source:

Source: New Zealand Defence Force

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