Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Neighbours do their bit
There was never any doubt that John Key's government would help.
Wellington came through with a pledge to assist yesterday, despatching an airforce Hercules to Fiji this morning, with emergency supplies and key aid agency personnel.
The mission will pretty much go where it needs, if possible, to get whatever help it can to people in Fiji, with Australia today chipping in one million dollars.
Both governments would've struggled to turn a blind eye to the people of Fiji, whose country has taken a severe pounding.
Much could be made of Frank Bainimarama's determined cockiness that Fiji is capable of going its own way. It's not. It doesn't have money or friends.
It'd be interesting to see if his new mates in Asia come through with any aid and if he nods a thank you to New Zealand and Australia.
It's everyone's hope the devastation of Tomas does not set Fiji back, too far from where it is now. It already has a lot on the table.