24 May 2024

Reactions from third flight from New Caledonia

From Checkpoint, 5:31 pm on 24 May 2024

A third flight from New Caledonia has just touched down in Auckland carrying 50 very relieved New Zealanders. They'd been unable to get home from the French territory due to civil unrest, which has claimed six lives. It's been too unsafe for commercial airlines to fly in or out of New Caledonia, so the New Zealand defence force stepped in. Our reporter Louise Ternouth was at Auckland Airport to greet the Kiwis after they arrived on an NZDF Hercules.