The New Zealand Government presented yet another batch of relief assistance to Fiji on Friday through a consignment of more than 12 tonnes of relief items to assist Fijian communities in the aftermath of both TC Yasa and most recently TC Ana. 

The supplies comprised of water purification tablets, water pumps, defoggers, water bladders, collapsible water containers, family hygiene kits, mother and infant kits and tarpaulins.

The assistance was officially handed over by the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Jonathan Curr to the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu.

In conveying the Fijian Government’s appreciation, Minister Seruiratu also acknowledged other donations given by the NZ Government in the past few months towards Government’s relief efforts for Fijian communities severely affected by the recent cyclones.

He said these assistances were received through multiple modalities including the deployment of emergency humanitarian relief supplies from NZ, the aerial assessment support, the quick fix and repairs to Commissioner Northern’s warehouse and health facilities in the North, the cash assistance through the Prime Minister’s Relief and Rehabilitation Trust Account and other assistance channeled through civil society and non-government partners who were closely working with Government to assist communities most in need.

We are undoubtedly living in extraordinary times of COVID-19 coupled with more frequent and intense natural disasters, which requires substantial level of cooperation and meaningful partnerships. I must reiterate the Fijian Government’s utmost appreciation to the people and Government of New Zealand for assisting us hand in hand during such challenging times,” Hon. Seruiratu said. 

“The destruction of TC Yasa had stretched our meagre resources to the limit and the humanitarian needs on the ground elevated again due to the recent devastation caused by TC Ana.” “This handover of relief items for our affected communities represents another milestone in our bilateral relations, therefore, I take this opportunity to sincerely express our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Fijian Government, the Honourable Prime Minister, and the people of Fiji.” 

Mr Curr said the items donated on Friday demonstrated NZ’s contribution towards Fiji’s emergency response for the recent cyclones. He added another Royal NZ Air Force flight would arrive into the country with more relief items for affected Fijians.

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