1 Oct 2009

NZ government stands ready to assist tsunami victims

7:40 am on 1 October 2009

The New Zealand government says it is ready to help Samoa in whatever way is needed following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

A search and rescue effort for those washed out to sea resumes this morning, as emergency supplies begin to arrive from New Zealand.

Clint Owens reports.

"An airforce Hercules left for Samoa early this morning carrying emergency medical goods and personnel. The acting Prime Minister Bill English says it's likely more medical staff will follow today on a commercial flight. The government is also working with the French and Australian authorities to find the fastest way of providing a helicopter as requested by Samoa. Mr English says New Zealand also stands ready to help Samoa accommodate its people, and rebuild damaged infrastructure which could be a longer term commitment. Consular staff in Apia are still working to identify any New Zealanders still in Samoa."