29 Oct 2010

NZ gives $450,000 to tsunami-hit Indonesia

6:57 pm on 29 October 2010

New Zealand has provided an initial $450,000 in emergency funding to support the relief and reconstruction effort following Indonesia's tsunami.

Nearly 400 people are known to have died in the tsunami, triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that hit near South Pagai in the Mentawai Islands on Monday night local time.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says immediately after the tsunami struck, New Zealand made $40,000 available to SurfAid International, a non-government organisation working in the affected area.

Mr McCully says the organisation has become a significant player in relief work and the Government is considering what else it can do to assist in relief and recovery.