Australian officials in Canberra, Fiji,
Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand continue to closely monitor the progress of
Cyclone Heta, which formed on 1 January 2004.
Australia stands ready, in coordination
with FRANZ partners, France and New Zealand, to assist any Pacific Nation
in assessment of, and response to, damage caused by the cyclone.
At 8.00am (AEDT), Tuesday 6 January,
Cyclone Heta, a category four cyclone, was about 170 nautical miles northwest
of Niue and 160 nautical miles northeast of Vava'u, Tonga.
Overnight, Cyclone Heta passed close