11 Oct 2009

NZ to announce more aid to Samoa

7:22 am on 11 October 2009

New Zealand's Deputy High Commissioner in Samoa says an announcement more Government assistance for the tsunami recovery in Samoa is imminent.

The death toll in Samoa stands at 143 after a magnitude 8.0 quake triggered a tsunami in the Pacific on 29 September. At least 33 people died in American Samoa and nine died in Tonga.

New Zealand has already given $2 million and other aid to Samoa following the tsunami.

Deputy High Commissioner David Dolphin says an announcement will be made soon about substantial Government funding.

He says the 150-strong New Zealand contingent in Samoa which comprises Defence Force personnel, medical staff and others will be reduced within the next fortnight.