Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is making available an initial $750,000 to support relief efforts in Tonga following Cyclone Gita.
“Initial assessments of the damage are still coming in. However, it is clear that Cyclone Gita has caused significant damage,” Mr Peters says.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a RNZAF C130 Hercules aircraft carrying emergency relief supplies will depart for Tonga this afternoon.
“The full extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gita is still being assessed but there is an immediate need for assistance on the ground,” Mr Peters says.
“Initial assessments indicate there has been extensive damage to homes in Nuku’alofa and some damage to commercial buildings,” he says.
This guidance supports councils to manage and adapt to the increased coastal hazard risks posed by climate change and sea-level rise. It:
This report is the first report prepared by the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group. It summarises the expected impacts of climate change on New Zealand over the medium and long term, takes stock of existing work on adaptation, and identifies gaps in New Zealand’s current approach.
In taking stock of the work already underway the Group identified three characteristics that need to be in place for effective adaptation to develop in New Zealand:
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced a further $700,000 of support to Vanuatu for communities impacted by the evacuation from Ambae.
“More than 10,000 people are in temporary accommodation following a precautionary evacuation from Ambae Island due to the volcanic activity,” Mr Brownlee says.
“We are continuing to work with the Government of Vanuatu and other partners to support the response.