New Zealand is supporting countries in the Pacific following significant damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

How New Zealand is helping

Distributing releif supplies from the New Zealand

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

13 February

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.

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.

14 February

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.

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How you can help

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.

Emergency appeals

See details of New Zealand humanitarian organisation appeals (external link)

See details of the New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund (external link)

Other assistance

See more information about practical ways you can help

If you have a specific offer that you want to make to support the relief efforts:

Email publicoffers@mfat.govt.nz

Phone 0800 711 103