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1 NEW ZEALAND RESPONSE TO HADR EVENTS IN THE PACIFIC

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4 FRANZ ARRANGEMENT FRance, Australia and New Zealand In 1992, signed a joint statement on disaster relief cooperation in the South Pacific Purpose is to exchange information and coordinate support in the event of a natural disaster

5 RESPONSE MECHANISMS FRANZ responds to a Government request Aim is to support the host countrys own response mechanisms – usually the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) The scope of the disaster, and therefore the need, is often difficult to assess quickly

6 IMMEDIATE RESPONSE Australia and New Zealand responded quickly to Samoa, with C130s despatched late 30 Sep with relief supplies and specialist medical teams 1 Oct first RNZAF Iroquois helicopter transported to Samoa by C130 Reports from Tonga advised Tonga Defence Services were leading the Tongan response

7 CONCURRENT DISASTERS On 1 Oct a 7.9 magnitude earthquake occurred off Sumatra Australian medical teams remained in Samoa, but Australian efforts were redirected to Indonesia France agreed to support Tonga, and despatched relief stores and personnel to Nuku'alofa. FNS RIVA transported them to Niuatoputapu

8 Contributions to Relief Phase NZ contributed air and sealift assets, relief supplies, reconstruction stores and personnel from 7 Government Departments France contributed air and sealift, medical support and relief supplies Australia contributed relief supplies, airlift and emergency surgical and medical teams

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10 CONSIDERATIONS FRANZ will respond once asked Pacific nations – proud and working hard to be self-sufficient Host country must lead and be seen to lead the response

11 OPERATION TSUNAMI Relief efforts must not overwhelm the Government Aid providers (including NGOs) must respond to local priorities and tasking Be sensitive to and observe cultural sensitivities

12 OPERATION TSUNAMI Questions?


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