18 Feb 2010

NZ aid delivered to cyclone-hit Cook Islands

10:39 pm on 18 February 2010

The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered aid to the cyclone-hit island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

Supplies of fresh water, food and temporary shelters have been ferried from Rarotonga to Aitutaki on Thursday after Cyclone Pat swept over the island last weekend.

A New Zealand Army Engineering team of 12 are also helping out at the emergency centre, focusing on providing shelter, restoring electricity and the main water supply.

Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki says there is still a lot of work to be done to restore essential services before the rebuilding process begins.

The Defence Force has been helping in the clean-up this week.

Meanwhile, businesses in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa have reopened following Cyclone Rene swept over the country earlier this week.

The Chamber of Commerce says power and water was restored to most of the central business district on Wednesday afternoon, Radio New Zealand International reports.