New Zealand to send further firefighter support to Australia

Published: Fri 3 Jan 2020 01:06 PM
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister
Hon Tracey Martin
Minister of Internal Affairs
3 January 2020
New Zealand to send further firefighter support to Australia
The New Zealand Government is sending a further 22 firefighters to help fight the Australian fires.
“The devastation caused by these fires is taking a substantial toll on our Australian neighbours and we will continue to do what we can to assist as they deal with this extremely dynamic, dangerous and ongoing situation,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
“New Zealanders around the country have expressed their condolences to those who have lost loved ones and sympathy to all affected, and I extend mine too. It’s simply devastating to see the scale of the loss.
“I’ve been in contact with Prime Minister Scott Morrison again this week to share our collective support for our neighbours and friends, and what they’re experiencing,” Jacinda Ardern said.
A formal request for further assistance was made earlier this week and the extra personnel (20 firefighters, a strike team leader and a liaison officer) will help with front-line firefighting on two five-day rotations. They’ll leave for Australia on 8 January.
Since late October 2019, 157 New Zealanders have been deployed to assist with the Australia bush fires.
“These fires continue to be fought in some of the most challenging conditions ever and Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) and its partners are providing valuable assistance,” Tracey Martin said.
“I thank them for their incredible efforts and wish them the best for the tough and complex work they are doing.
“The Government will continue to monitor the situation closely and FENZ will remain in contact with Australian fire authorities to consider any further calls for support as needed,” Tracey Martin said.

Next in New Zealand politics

Government To Regulate Vaping
By: New Zealand Government
On The Political Donations Scandals
By: Gordon Campbell
New Zealand: Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response, Says UN Expert
By: UN Special Rapporteur
National’s Economic Plan For 2020 And Beyond
By: New Zealand National Party
Right To Regulate Vaping But Wrong To Limit Flavours
By: Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand
Vapers Welcome Risk Proportionate Regulation On Vaping
By: Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy
Vaping Crackdown Bill Needs Improvement
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Pacific Communities Will Benefit From Vaping Bill
By: Tala Pasifika
Vaping Crackdown Condemns Another Generation To Smoking
By: ACT New Zealand
ASH Welcomes Vaping Legislation
Ka Pai To Vaping Bill Announcement - Now It’s Time To Work Together
By: Hapai Te Hauora
Cancer Society Responds To Proposed Vaping Regulations
By: Cancer Society
Statement Of Jami-lee Ross - "Spoke Up Now Set Up"
By: Jami-Lee Ross
Foreign donation loophole still wide open
By: Jami-Lee Ross
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media