McCully off to cyclone-ravaged Fiji

  • 29/02/2016
Foreign Minister Murray McCully (Lydia Anderson)
Foreign Minister Murray McCully (Lydia Anderson)

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will visit Fiji to help coordinate New Zealand's aid efforts in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

He flies to Fiji today and will liaise with government representative and with New Zealand support staff to gain an understanding of the long-term needs of the country.

Royal New Zealand Navy vessel HMNZS Wellington arrived in Fiji yesterday while the HMNZS Canterbury is also en route and is expected to arrive on Thursday.

The HMNZS Wellington has 60 tonnes of aid and 71 military personnel on board while the HMNZS Canterbury, carrying helicopters, personnel and supplies, left Auckland on Sunday evening.

"The damage to property, and loss of life caused by Cyclone Winston in parts of Fiji is almost unprecedented in the Pacific," Mr McCully said.

New Zealand has contributed $3.2 million in aid to Fiji as part of an international relief effort in the wake of Cyclone Winston, which killed 42 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

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