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70 More Tonnes More For Vanuabalavu

Another 70 tonnes of construction materials are expected to be delivered to the island of Vanuabalavu today. HMNZS Canterbury Commanding Officer Commander Simon Rooke said the construction materials would be
31 Mar 2016 12:26
70 More Tonnes More For Vanuabalavu
HMNZS Canterbury crew members with building material bound for Vanuabalavu at Kings Wharf in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Another 70 tonnes of construction materials are expected to be delivered to the island of Vanuabalavu today.

HMNZS Canterbury Commanding Officer Commander Simon Rooke said the construction materials would be offloaded on the island to assist with the task of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

“So far we had under a hundred members of NZDF currently working with Republic of the Fiji Military Forces on the island of Vanuabalavu,” Commander Rooke said.

“We have repaired a lot of roof damages, construction of new school buildings and dormitories; the dispensaries had been reroofed and couple of other tasks had been completed.

“The job on the island had been pretty good; now we are looking at restoring water tanks and safe water storages.

“There are still a lot of works to be done; now we have started constructing Government staff accommodation; mostly for the teachers and medical staff.”

Commander Rooke said they would be erecting ablution blocks for the Vanuabalavu airstrip.

“So that the airstrip can start operating again; obviously people coming into the island will need to use facilities when they arrive,” he said.

“Apart from Vanuabalavu we have delivered tasks around other outer islands like Cikobia, Yacata and Avea; 15 tonnes of food aid had been flown to these islands.

“Water is not a problem on Vanuabalavu because army engineers ashore are making water on the beach out of salt water and they making around 10,000 litres a day that is stored at the island’s water storage facility.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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