11 Aug 2003

New Zealand contingent to intervention force waiting to play their part

10:13 am on 11 August 2003

The New Zealand armed forces contingent of the intervention force in Solomons Islands says the operation is going to plan, despite inactivity as many personnel wait on standby.

Wing Commander Sean Clark says the troops are ready for urgent air and medical evacuations.

But, he says some of them are still building part of their camp or providing logistics support and transport in the effort to restore law and order in Solomons Islands.

"The New Zealand Engineers are flat out building ablutions and fencing and that kind of thing. there's no spare time in their day whatsoever. In other places there's a brief lull in activity at the moment and it doesn't really matter whether you're an Australian, Tongan, Fijian or papua New Guinean, there's a period of peace while others are still flat out."

Wing Commander Sean Clark in Solomon Islands.