5 February 2020
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a helicopter, two Unimog vehicles and personnel to help evacuate people trapped by flooding in Southland.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 helicopter left RNZAF Base Ohakea for Invercargill this morning and will carry out flights to assess damage and assist in evacuations near Mataura, Gore and Wyndham.
Two New Zealand Army Unimog trucks, each with four soldiers from 2/4 Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, are in Mataura this afternoon, where they are helping police evacuate people from the area.
NZDF liaison officers are working with Civil Defence Emergency Management Southland to coordinate tasks for the NZDF personnel and resources as part of the civil defence emergency in the region.