The New Zealand government will expand its assistance programmes in Fiji to help those living in the cyclone battered north.

High Commissioner Jonathan Curr says he has identified areas in Vanua Levu where New Zealand can assist.

Mr Curr was part of an international delegation of high commissioners and ambassadors that visited the north last week.

Vanua Levu suffered widespread damage during Cyclone Harold in April and Mr Curr says this is an area New Zealand can assist.

“It is quite a valuable lesson for me and discussing this issue with the Provincial Administration in Labasa. That we should be looking proactively to extend some of the assistance we provide after a cyclone or in response to this pandemic that we are still dealing with. And to think of the north as well and to make sure we are meeting needs here too.”

Jonathan Curr says the diplomats also visited Fiji’s largest NGO for women and indigenous people – Soqosoqo Vakamarama i Taukei.

SOURCE – RADIO NZ

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