8 Jan 2010

NZ contributes to Solomons relief fund

11:14 am on 8 January 2010

New Zealand is making an initial contribution of 36,600 US dollars to relief efforts in Solomon Islands following the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that have affected the country.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the money will be given to various agencies working on the ground in Solomon Islands.

A fifth of the initial aid money will go to the Solomons' National Disaster Management Organisation to help staff meet essential costs as they assess the damage and distribute relief supplies.

Mr McCully says the Solomon Islands Government has not officially requested assistance, but he says New Zealand is ready to provide further help, if requested.