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Kiwis Donate New Vessel AI TALAI To Assist In Disaster Management

Fiji disaster responders are training with technicians from New Zealand on the safe and proper operation of vessels. This came after Fiji received a new response boat from the New
17 Dec 2017 11:00
Kiwis Donate New Vessel AI TALAI To Assist In Disaster Management
Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Permanent Secretary Meleti Bainimarama (1st from Left) and New Zealand High Commission Counsellor Jonathan Rowe (5th from left) with guests at the handover of the rapid response boat in Laucala Bay. Photo: Penioni Kuinikoro

Fiji disaster responders are training with technicians from New Zealand on the safe and proper operation of vessels.

This came after Fiji received a new response boat from the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Suva on Friday.

Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Permanment Secretary Meleti Bainimarama said disaster management work in Fiji was challenging.

“Disaster management work in Fiji is unique and challenging given the spread of our communities, the geographic locations in which they live in and various sizes of these communities,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“The provision of such assets will greatly assist the ministry in reaching out to some of these communities, especially those islands in the maritime areas.”

Mr Bainimarama said the response bout would be registered as the ‘AI TALAI’.

“During the course of the week, I had requested the four divisional commissioners to propose a name for the vessel, a name that better reflects the work that the boat will do,” he said.

“The name ‘AI TALAI’ was seen as befitting because it mirrors the work of being a good servant and messenger to the people.”

He hopes that through this strategic asset the two countries would continue to foster good partnership with communities on matters of national interest.

 Edited by Percy Kean

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