2 Nov 2009

NZ Labour Party leader heads to Samoa and Tonga to assess on going needs after tsunami

11:41 am on 2 November 2009

The New Zealand Labour Party leader Phil Goff leaves for Samoa and Tonga today to look at the recovery and rehabilitation needs following the tsunami.

Mr Goff says the four-day visit will involve meetings with communities and their leaders to talk about what people there need to recover.

He says although New Zealanders have been generous in supporting those who have suffered, a big rebuilding job lies ahead.

Mr Goff says he will also be talking about development, trade and threats posed by climate change.

Mr Goff will be accompanied by Labour's Pacific Island spokesperson, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Chris Carter.