New Zealand is sending the navy vessel Canterbury to Fiji to support relief and recovery efforts following Cyclone Winston.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said HMNZS Canterbury would leave Auckland with supplies such as building materials, water storage tanks, and medical supplies. It will also carry helicopters and medical and engineering personnel.
New Zealand has also sent a group from the Army and Fire Service to support the Fijian authorities with repairs to public buildings and critical infrastructure.
This was one of the most damaging cyclones in Fiji’s history.
Mr McCully said “New Zealand will continue to do all we can to help and we will stand with Fiji in the aftermath of this disaster.”
The death toll has risen to 36 and about 13,000 people are still in emergency shelters.
Read more about Cyclone Winston here.