New Zealand stands with a resilient Tonga following Cyclone Gita

Photo: NZHC, Nuku'alofa

The New Zealand Government is supporting Tonga following Cyclone Gita, and sends its thoughts to all people affected.

“The Kingdom of Tonga is a friend and neighbour to New Zealand, and we are working closely with Tongan authorities to support their efforts,” says New Zealand High Commissioner-designate Tiffany Babington.

“Since the cyclone, the resilience of the Tongan people has shone through.”

“New Zealand has so far committed $NZ2.25 million to Cyclone Gita relief. We have also provided surveillance capability to Tonga to help assess the damage.”

Two New Zealand Defence Force planes have arrived since Tuesday bringing with them emergency supplies including family hygiene kits, shelter kits, jerry cans, tarpaulins, generators and agricultural tools from New Zealand.

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Fire Service, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management are also in-country to help the New Zealand High Commission coordinate its initial response in support of the Government of Tonga.

“While there is still a lot of work ahead to recover from the cyclone, we commend Tonga for its relief efforts and stand ready to help.”

The New Zealand High Commission Emergency Fund has assisted by committing $14,000 pa’anga to the Tonga Red Cross to enable them to prepare logistics to distribute the emergency supplies. Pre-positioned supplies with Caritas and the Tonga Youth Congress
have also been distributed.

Photo: NZHC Nuku'alofa

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