NZ delivers humanitarian supplies to disaster-hit PNG provinces

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The NZ pilot and humanitarian relief crew being welcomed to Jackson's International Airport
The NZ pilot and humanitarian relief crew being welcomed to Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby. Image: PNG Post-Courier

PNG Post-Courier

New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Zwart and PNG Defence Minister Dr Billy Joseph welcomed a C-130 Hercules to Port Moresby this week to support Papua New Guinea’s response to the March 24 earthquake and recent severe flooding.

“Papua New Guinea has requested New Zealand’s assistance to transport emergency relief items from Port Moresby to affected areas,” said High Commissioner Zwart.

“I am delighted that the New Zealand Defence Force has been able to provide an aircraft to help get these items to provinces and vulnerable communities that have been significantly impacted.”

New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Zwart (second from right) and PNG Defence Minister Dr Billy Joseph (second from left)
New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Zwart (second from right) and PNG Defence Minister Dr Billy Joseph (second from left) welcome the RNZAF crew to Papua New Guinea. Image: PNG Post-Courier

The aircraft will stay in Papua New Guinea for about three days and is expected to deliver humanitarian supplies to several disaster affected provinces.

The New Zealand High Commission remains in close contact with PNG government officials as the response continues.

High Commissioner Zwart said: “New Zealand has a long-standing commitment to working with and supporting Pacific partners to respond to disasters and address humanitarian need, including in Papua New Guinea.”

Republished from the PNG Post-Courier with permission.

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