12 Oct 2009

Housing, power and roads priorities for latest NZ aid to Samoa

1:31 pm on 12 October 2009

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says providing housing for people in Samoa affected by the tsunami will be one of the priorities for the latest aid allocation.

Australia and New Zealand have announced a joint aid package for Samoa worth about 12 million dollars.

Mr McCully says the funds will be given directly to the Samoan government, which shows a strong vote of confidence in the way it's dealing with the tragedy.

He says there are a significant number of people without shelter and the aid will allow the government to re-house them quickly.

Mr McCully says a separate grant will be made in the near future for the Samoan tourism industry.