New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands
NZ HIGH COMMISSION MEDIA RELEASE - 12 FEBRUARY 2013
More NZ relief supplies on their way to Solomon Islands
New Zealand is sending further tsunami relief supplies to Solomon Islands on board an Air Force flight this Thursday, High Commissioner Mark Ramsden said today.
The supplies include shelter and sanitation kits, tarpaulins and water containers donated to World Vision by The Warehouse and ShelterBox NZ, and chainsaw packs provided by the New Zealand Government.
“New Zealand is committed to helping a friend and neighbour at a time of need,” Mr Ramsden said. “These supplies, many of which have been generously donated by New Zealand businesses, will go some way to meeting the needs of people on Santa Cruz who have lost almost everything in the tsunami.”
Most of the relief supplies are to be distributed by World Vision, which has a strong presence in Temotu and is already working on New Zealand-supported development projects there, Mr Ramsden said.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully committed SB$1.2 million (NZ$200,000) to Solomon Islands shortly after the 6 February tsunami.
New Zealand has already shipped two generators to Lata to provide standby power for essential services, and has supported World Vision provision of shelter kits, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, baby kits, tarpaulins, water containers, fresh water and water purification tablets.
New Zealand was now considering how it could best assist with longer-term recovery and reconstruction work in Temotu, Mr Ramsden said.
High Commissioner Mark Ramsden, ph 21-502