8 Feb 2007

New Zealand and Britain sign deal to upgrade Pacific weather stations

10:54 am on 8 February 2007

New Zealand and Britain have signed a deal to upgrade weather stations in the Pacific region.

Meteorologists say the deal is vital because it will improve the monitoring of cyclones and heavy rain, and will help to understand and predict climate change.

New Zealand's MetServices chief forecaster, Rod Steiner, says countries such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands will receive new equipment.

Mr Steiner says the British High Commission is contributing over 87- thousand US dollars, and the New Zealand and British meteorological services are providing long term support of over 312-thousand US dollars.