12 Jan 2009

New Zealand aid to Fiji unaffected by political disagreements

12:37 pm on 12 January 2009

The New Zealand Government says the political situation in Fiji won't affect its decision to send aid, if the flood-ravaged country needs it.

The towns of Nadi, Rakiraki and Ba are swamped after days of heavy rain, and more bad weather is expected this week.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says officials are waiting for Fiji authorities to assess the situation, and request aid if needed.

The spokesperson says the strained relations with Fiji's interim government will have no bearing on the decision to supply emergency aid.