Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
13 February 2018
New Zealand to assist following Cyclone Gita
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.
“This is an initial contribution that will enable us to respond quickly to requests from the Government of Tonga to meet
immediate needs, such as emergency shelter, water and sanitation. We stand ready to provide additional support as the
extent of the damage becomes clear,” he says.
“We will also be responding to requests for assistance from New Zealanders in Tonga.”
“Given the force of this Cyclone all signs point to a lengthy clean-up effort and our thoughts are with the Government
and people of Tonga as they come to terms with the scale of this disaster,” Mr Peters says.