Cyclone Gita – New Zealand Response
New Zealand is supporting countries in the Pacific following significant damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
On 13 February the New Zealand Defence Force delivered 12 tonnes of aid and disaster relief supplies for the cyclone-damaged communities of Tonga. Image credit: New Zealand Defence Force
The New Zealand Government announced an initial $750,000 that will enable us to respond quickly to requests from the Government of Tonga to meet immediate needs, such as emergency shelter, water and sanitation.
- Press release: New Zealand to assist following Cyclone Gita (external link)
A C130 Hercules is transporting family hygiene kits, shelter kits, jerry cans, and tarpaulins from New Zealand. The plane will also carry a New Zealand government team to support the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku'alofa assess emergency needs and respond to requests from the Government of Tonga.
An additional $1.5 million to help with the emergency response and early recovery efforts in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. It will be used to replenish New Zealand Red Cross relief supplies in Tonga and provide up to $750,000 for New Zealand NGOs to deliver ongoing emergency relief and early recovery activities.
- Press release: Further Cyclone Gita help (external link)
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The best thing you can do when a disaster occurs is to donate money to an emergency appeal by an experienced organisation working on the ground. These organisations have clear systems and processes for assessing what's needed. Where possible they will source supplies from close to the affected area, which is the most efficient and cost-effective way of getting help to those who need it, and also supports the local economy.
If you have a specific offer that you want to make to support the relief efforts:
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