16 Dec 2009

NZ contributes $100,000 to Fiji for cyclone aid

9:37 pm on 16 December 2009

New Zealand is contributing $100,000 to relief efforts in Fiji after Cyclone Mick struck the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says there is damage to homes, roads and public utilities, as well as a need for humanitarian assistance in some areas.

A total of 3800 people were evacuated from their homes and there are reports that three people have died and three others are missing.

Mr McCully says Fiji remains a close neighbour despite the differences with the regime.

He says the aid contribution is a reminder of New Zealand's continued willingness to help the people of Fiji.