21 Dec 2012

Further NZ cyclone relief aid flown to Samoa and Fiji

2:37 pm on 21 December 2012

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says a Hercules has landed in Apia with additional relief supplies at the request of the Samoan government following damage from the recent cyclone.

Murray McCully says diesel generators have been sent to the Samoa Water Authority in response to an urgent need for equipment to pump and transport water to affected communities.

He says New Zealand civil defence staff have also been sent to work with Samoa's National Disaster Management Office.

He says further supplies are also being flown to Fiji, including 300 tarpaulins, 20 generators, 10 chainsaws and 150 shovels.

Mr McCully says New Zealand has provided just under two million US dollars each to Samoa and Fiji since Cyclone Evan hit a week ago.