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Thursday, March 18, 2010

NZ and Aust hailed

The Fiji Sun says the interim prime minster, Voreqe Bainimarama, has commended the swift aid response from the Australian and New Zealand governments in the aftermath of Cyclone Tomas this week.

Despite strained official relations, New Zealand and Australia have pledged aid and sent immediate help.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules aircraft was the first to arrive. It brought in supplies and then quickly helped with aerial surveys of damage.

“Very good, very good,” Commodore Bainimarama said when questioned on the swift response by the two countries. France is expected to contribute in the distribution of relief assistance as well.

“In this respect under the arrangement of FANZ which is the arrangement between France, Australia and NZ for assistance to Pacific Island countries, these countries shall be providing emergency relief supplies and assist in carrying out aerial surveys to determine the full extent of the damage," said Commodore Bainimarama.

“The NZ Air Force landed in Fiji this morning with the French and Australians ready to be deployed for assessment flights later today.”

Cyclone Tomas caused devastation for people living in Cikobia, eastern Vanua Levu, Taveuni Lomaiviti and Lau groups leaving many homeless and government is prepared to aid those affected.

“Government’s first priority at this stage is to carry out an assessment to determine the full extent of the damage,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

“While carrying out these assessments, emergency supplies including food and water shall be delivered to the affected regions.”

Three Fiji Navy vessels left late last night carrying emergency relief supplies including food, water, tents and tarpaulins.

“The navy vessels will leave respectively for the Lomaiviti and Lau group tomorrow and Cikobia,” Commodore Bainimarama said. “These vessels shall carry emergency relief supplies including food, water, tents and tarpaulins.

On Friday, the Prime Minister said, government vessels, the Iloilovatu and the Rayawa will leave for Lau and Lomaiviti groups with more supplies.

“They will carry planting material from the Ministry of Agriculture as well as Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineers and public servants who will be deployed to carry out rehabilitation work.

The Prime Minister said the Commissioners in various affected divisions would be responsible in assessing the damage.

“In this respect, apart from providing emergency supplies of food and water, government shall focus on rehabilitating medical centres and schools that have been damaged.”

He said apart from the outer islands, relief work and assessment were being carried out in affected parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi and Kioa.

12 comments:

  1. FRANK SHOULD DO THE HONOURABLE THING AND EXPRESS GREATER GRATITUDE TO THE NATIONS OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND THAT HE AND THE LIKES LIKE LEWENI & CO. SO OFTEN CONDEMN. NOW THAT IS LOVE! WE DIDN'T ASK FOR THEIR HELP BUT THEY JUST OFFERED REGARDLESS OF SOME OF THE CRUEL WORDS THE MILITARY PERSONNEL HAVE SAID AGAINST OUR NEIGHBOURS. THIS IS CALLED SELFLESS LOVE.

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  2. did you see he did not volunteer the thanks it was pretty much unavoidable when the question was put to his face.

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  3. Cruel words and cruel actionz. This Commodore and his lieutenants should cough up the money to help Fiji rise to its former glory from their own pockets since they lined them so well.

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  4. He AKNOWLEDGED that is what counts

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  5. Australia and NZ will always help the people of Fiji - particularly during their time of struggle under this illegal regime.
    Thanks to the Australian and NZ military men and women - you show us how professional soldiers do their job. Unfortunately the Fiji military under the current useless leadership is too busy removing democratic governments and committing human rights abuses on its own people.
    Hopefully, one day, Fiji will have a professional and well led military, loyal to the government of the day, like other free countries.

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  6. "very good, very good"

    That's all that he can say under the circumstances. He is too proud and simply dumb to say thank you in the proper manner and spirit.

    This guy is just not real. What a dumbo!

    ...and to think that this is the guy posing as Fiji's PM! Simply mind boggling and unreal!

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  7. God is punishing Fiji generally for deserting the Church and starting to believe this dictator. Blow Tomas blow

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  8. Vianaka New Zealanad and Australia. What of the EU?

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  9. Good grief coup 4.5 - Have you gone over to the dark side?

    The 'idiotorial' in the comedy sheet today from which you have selectively quoted, is the biggest load of rubbish since the 'idiotorial' in the comedy sheet yesterday.

    Both 'idiotorials' would have been written by the band master as they are illogical in their conclusions.

    On both days, the 'idiotorial' goes on to suggest that now that NZ has sent aid for the cyclone victims, they are about to recognize the 'good' of bananasinpyjamas's so called government.

    Wishful thinking indeed!

    Yesterday, they even had the rudeness to suggest that because bananasinpyjamas agreed to let NZ help, NZ should allow bananasinpyjamas to go to NZ for the rugby world cup - who said that the smart sanctions aren't working?

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  10. just goes to show that VB has a gutter level IQ... Aust and NZ has shown maturity by lending a helping hand despite strained relations with this banana heads. let's hope the money doesn't find its way into the govt coffers (and thereby into their pockets)

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  11. I think it is much better to get someone from Nakoro to replace him as PM. Vinaka cake

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