8 Apr 2014

New Zealand consulting Australia over Solomons aid

4:50 pm on 8 April 2014

New Zealand is in close consultation with Australia over plans for future aid support to Solomon Islands following last week's floods.

The Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has announced just over one million US dollars in additional funding for relief supplies, and to help restore health, water and sanitation systems.

Mr McCully says New Zealand will also consider a wider recovery package once long-term needs are assessed.

He says in this New Zealand will be heavily influenced by what Australia is planning.

"I have spoken with Julie Bishop the Australian Foreign Minister today just to make sure we are on the same page in that respect and they have given us an indication of what their thinking is for the time immediately ahead. We have I think seem over a period of time that little problems can become big problems in the Solomon Islands so it is important that New Zealand and Australia are attentive to the sort of challenges that exist in the Solomons and make sure that they don't become a point of social disorder."

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully.