RNZAF Air Movements staff load aid on board a C-130 Hercules aircraft bound for Cyclone Winston relief in Fiji.
22 February 2016
A New Zealand Defence Force C-130 Hercules is on its way to Fiji this evening with 12 tonnes of aid supplies and an inter-agency team that will help assess the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
“We hope that this contribution from New Zealand will go a long way in helping the people of Fiji,” said Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Kevin McEvoy, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.
AIRCDRE McEvoy said the aid supplies included tool kits, generators, water, ration packs, water containers, chainsaws and tarpaulins.
The Joint Reconnaissance Team, comprised of NZDF personnel and staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Fire Service, will help Fijian authorities assess the damage and coordinate the New Zealand government’s disaster relief efforts.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft has been conducting aerial surveillance in Fiji’s northern outlying islands since Sunday to assist Fijian officials in assessing the devastation caused by the cyclone.
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