5 Oct 2009

NZ likely to up Samoa relief contribution

8:50 am on 5 October 2009

The Prime Minister John Key says it's likely New Zealand will pledge more relief funds to Samoa, as the estimated cost of rebuilding after the recent tsunami reach as much as 200 hundred million US dollars.

Planeloads of medical supplies and relief equipment have been rushed to the country with five more medical staff flying out from New Zealand today to join 32 doctors and nurses already there.

Mr Key cut short his American holiday to visit Samoa on Saturday.

He says the government has pledged another one million New Zealand dollars towards relief efforts, and the wider cost of rebuilding has reached about 200 million.

He says Cabinet will consider in the next week or so what further aid is required.