27 Apr 2015

HMNZS Canterbury returns to NZ

2:55 pm on 27 April 2015

HMNZS Canterbury has arrived back in New Zealand after spending the last five weeks helping with relief and rebuild efforts in Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.

HMNZS Canterbury

HMNZS Canterbury Photo: NZDF

The amphibious sealift vessel helped to get much-needed food and water and medical teams throughout the country, particularly the outer islands.

The operations manager at the National Disaster Management Office Peter Koriso says the aid provided by the Canterbury significantly helped speed up the process of relief support.

"The Canterbury has done a great job. We appreciate the assistance for me in operations. I think they've really helped within our operations and they've helped us to speed up some of the processes."

Mr Koriso says he's overwhelmed by the level of support received from the international community.

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