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New Zealand to ramp up Pacific aid

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced $3 million in funding to assist Samoa with its recovery work and building resilience following Cyclone Gita.

Ardern is currently in Samoa leading the 2018 Pacific Mission.

Jacinda Ardern and her Pacific Mission being welcomed at the Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia, Samoa.

She says the funding will be provided directly to the Samoan Government to support the recovery and building of more resilient infrastructure.

“There is much work to do to recover from this and build resilience to these storms so the people of Samoa can ready themselves for these events as much as possible in the future."

The impact of Cyclone Gita on Samoa was the focus of the Prime Minister’s meeting with Prime Minister Tuila'epa and his Cabinet this morning.

“The impact of Cyclone Gita has been felt across the region, including in New Zealand, and the Government is committed to helping communities at home and in the Pacific recover as quickly as possible,” says Ardern.

The Pacific Mission in Samoa. Photo/ Twitter - Carmel Sepuloni.

The New Zealand Government has also announced an initial half million dollars to assist Papua New Guinea's emergency response after last week's devastating earthquake.

Tens of thousands of people are in need of help, with some areas cut off by landslides and damaged roads.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says a Defence Force Hercules plane will leave this morning for Port Moresby carrying hygiene kits, shelter supplies and tarpaulins.

The aftermath of the 7.5 ,magnitude earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea. Photo/ Twitter - Donald Lippert.

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