17 Mar 2010

New Zealand offers further aid to help Fiji after Cyclone Tomas

2:47 pm on 17 March 2010

New Zealand is to make an initial 700,000 US dollar contribution to help relief and recovery efforts in Fiji following Cyclone Tomas.

The foreign minister, Murray McCully, says talks are underway on how New Zealand's contribution can be best used to assist the response in Fiji.

He says this could include a contribution to the Red Cross; the purchase of food and materials, and support for the local response.

A New Zealand airforce plan has been dispatched to fly supplies to Labasa.