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Our Vuvale Partnership Brings Relief

The Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force air craft arrived in the country yesterday with supplies to assist those who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold.
19 Apr 2020 10:17
Our Vuvale Partnership Brings Relief
Standing front row from left: Australian High Commissioner, John Feakes, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, Defence, National Security and Policing, Inia Seruiratu, New Zealand High Commissioner, Jonathan Curr and Minister for Infrastructure, Meteorological Services, Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate with others in front of the Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III at the Nadi International Airport on April 18, 2020, welcoming relief supplies delivered by the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Through the Vuvale partnership, Fiji received relief supplies from New Zealand and Australia.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force air craft arrived in the country yesterday with supplies to assist those who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

They also brought medical items for those who have contracted COVID-19.

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Nadi International Airport loading the relief supplies brought in from Australia on April 18, 2020. Photo: Australia in Fiji / Facebook

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Nadi International Airport loading the relief supplies brought in from Australia on April 18, 2020. Photo: Australia in Fiji / Facebook

The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, Defence, National Security and Policing, Inia Seruiratu said it was an extraordinary time for Fiji with Australia and New Zealand, fighting the battle against COVID-19, but through the Vuvale partnership,the countries would come together to assist each other.

Authorities and crew members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules helps unload the relief supplies in at the Nadi International Airport on April 18, 2020. Photo: NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr

Authorities and crew members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules helps unload the relief supplies in at the Nadi International Airport on April 18, 2020. Photo: NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr

“It extraordinary, not only for Fiji, but for the Pacific. New Zealand and Australia are fighting their battle against COVID-19,” the minister said.

“We have also been fighting against COVID-19 and of course lately with TC Harold.

“This is a time for us to come together as a Vuvale (family).

“Let me assure you that what we receive today will be distributed in areas where they are badly needed in our effort against COVID-19 and TC Harold as well.”

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Nadi International Airport with relief supplies brought in from Australia on April 18, 2020, to be distributed to those affected by TC Harold and COVID-19. Photo: Australia in Fiji / Facebook

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Nadi International Airport with relief supplies brought in from Australia on April 18, 2020, to be distributed to those affected by TC Harold and COVID-19.
Photo: Australia in Fiji / Facebook

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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