1 Mar 2005

New Zealand minister hopes aid shipment for Tokelau can depart today

7:24 am on 1 March 2005

New Zealand's Aid Minister, Marion Hobbs, says she expects that a ship carrying relief supplies will be able to depart Samoa for cyclone-wrecked Tokelau today.

The Samoa Express is being loaded in Apia with water, tarpaulins, food and a generator for the three atolls which suffered widespread damage from Cyclone Percy at the weekend.

The New Zealand Government has provided an initial US$360,000 and once Tokelau has given a fuller assessment there will be move.

"They are going to give us an assessment of those other costs and what they need and just as we have done with the Cooks we will begin to send in the other equipment as they need it."