22 Jan 2004

Hawaiian relief to Samoa, Niue gets Australian support

12:52 pm on 22 January 2004

Fifteen tons of food bound for Samoa to assist with recovery efforts following Cyclone Heta have left Honolulu as part of Hawaii's relief efforts.

The relief has been co-ordinated by American Samoa's liaison officer for governmental affairs, Gus Hanneman.

PMNO Lines offered to ship two full containers of relief supplies free of charge to Samoa and American Samoa, and the first container includes pallets of rice, corned beef and cooking oil earmarked for Samoa.

Mr Hanneman said they were able to fill the first container real fast with the ten thousand US dollars from professional wrestler-turned Hollywood actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Johnson's donation, made last week, was used to purchase perishable foods while more donations are being collected in Honolulu for the next container to go out.

Meanwhile, the Australian Red Cross will send a health team to Niue.

It says it will send a doctor and a nurse on a one month humanitarian mission to work alongside the existing health services in Niue.