New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

New Zealand aids Indonesia in wake of natural disasters

New Zealand has committed an initial 40,000 New Zealand dollars to assist with rapid assessment and initial emergency relief in the Indonesian islands of Mentawai, hit by an earthquake and tsunami earlier this week. This relief will be provided through SurfAid International, which is working alongside the Mentawai District Government and provincial disaster management office.

New Zealand stands ready to assist Indonesia in the wake of this disaster and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java, said New Zealand's Aid Development Counsellor in Jakarta, Kirk Yates.

"The Embassy was saddened to hear of these two disasters and New Zealand stands ready to provide additional assistance to Indonesia as the situation develops and specific needs become clear.
"New Zealand shares with Indonesia a susceptibility to natural disasters and knows full well the devastating effects they can have," he said.

In addition to any immediate emergency response, New Zealand will continue to develop plans for greater cooperation in the area of disaster risk management, both bilaterally with Indonesia and with the region.

"New Zealand can offer significant expertise and experience to strengthen mitigation and response systems at provincial, national and regional levels. Disaster risk management is one of four flagship projects agreed following the Joint Declaration for an ASEAN-New Zealand Comprehensive Partnership," said Mr Yates.

"The benefits of this collaboration will go both ways – just last month, lessons learned by the New Zealand engineers involved in Indonesia’s Padang 2009 earthquake were used in the Christchurch earthquake response."


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