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NZ’s Canterbury To Load More Aid Supplies

New Zealand Defence Force multirole vessel HMNZS Canterbury arrives in Suva this morning to load more aid supplies and construction materials for communities in the remote northern Lau archipelago. “Reconstruction
30 Mar 2016 11:49
NZ’s Canterbury To Load More Aid Supplies
New Zealand

New Zealand Defence Force multirole vessel HMNZS Canterbury arrives in Suva this morning to load more aid supplies and construction materials for communities in the remote northern Lau archipelago.

“Reconstruction in northern Lau is proceeding at pace and our brief visit is intended to load more materials for the rebuild,” said Commander Simon Rooke, Commanding Officer of HMNZS Canterbury.

The Canterbury first arrived in Suva on March 3, carrying 106 tonnes of aid from New Zealand. She loaded an additional 15 tonnes of construction materials and nine tonnes of food in Suva on March 15 for communities in Vanuabalavu and Yacata islands.

The amphibious support vessel is anchored off Lomaloma, the main village on Vanuabalavu Island, and is serving as the maritime base for the NZDF’s humanitarian aid operation in the northern outlying islands.

The NZDF’s humanitarian aid operation in Fiji is one of its largest peacetime deployments to the Pacific.

Around 450 Army engineers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers, sailors and aircrew have been deployed since 21 February to support Fiji as it recovers from the cyclone.

Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 medium utility helicopters continue to deliver aid supplies and transport Fijian Government staff to outlying islands devastated by the cyclone.

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