New Zealand has donated hundreds of emergency shelter kits
and a further $300,000 to help residents of cyclone-hit
Thousands of people sought shelter in evacuation centres
after Tropical Cyclone Ian lashed northern Tonga with winds
of up to 270km/h during the weekend, killing one person and
injuring at least 14.
The powerful category four storm also damaged homes and
infrastructure across the northern part of the worst-hit
Ha'apai island group.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New
Zealand would supply 300 emergency shelter kits which can
provide shelter to over 2000 people.
The Government would also donate $300,000 to non-government
organisations working on the ground, bringing its total
contribution to $500,000, and assist the Red Cross with the
provision of clean water on the islands of Ha'apai.
The relief supplies will be delivered to Tonga by a Defence
Force C-130 this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Oxfam volunteers will be collecting funds for the
Tonga relief effort at the Positively Pasifika festival in
Wellington's Waitangi Park from noon tomorrow.