3 Feb 2010

NZ and Australia defend post-tsunami aid delivery in Samoa

9:21 pm on 3 February 2010

The Foreign Ministers of Australia and New Zealand have defended the aid effort in Samoa following the devastating tsunami four months ago as well as the role of Samoa's government in delivering assistance to victims of the disaster.

This follows concern being voiced about tsunami victims still living under tarpaulins and that Samoa's bureaucracy is hindering the administering of aid and post-tsunami rehabilitation.

At a joint media conference in Canberra tonight, New Zealand's Murray McCully and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith both endorsed the Samoa government's role efforst following the tsunami.

Mr McCully said that it's natural after big natural disasters that some people feel that they haven't been given the support they deserve.

He said his government has heard some of the claims that aid is not being delivered properly and that it looks into them where it can.

Mr Smith echoed this statement, insisting that the Samoan Government has responded well in very difficult circumstances.