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New Zealand gives further Gita aid

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New Zealand is contributing a further $1.5 million in emergency aid to help Pacific neighbours recover in the wake of tropical cyclone Gita.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the additional funding would be directed to Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, which all felt the cyclone's impact.

"A picture of the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gita is emerging and it is clear a big response and clean-up job lies ahead," he said on Wednesday.

"We are here to help our neighbours get through this."

Winston Peters has pledged a further $1.5 million to help with emergency response and early recovery efforts in the wake of tropical cyclone Gita. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Winston Peters has pledged a further $1.5 million to help with emergency response and early recovery efforts in the wake of tropical cyclone Gita. Mr Peters said part of the latest funding would be used to replenish New Zealand Red Cross relief supplies in Tonga.

It would also provide up to $750,000 for New Zealand non-governmental organisations to deliver ongoing emergency relief and early recovery activities in Samoa and Tonga.

Total funding allocated for the New Zealand response to Gita now stands at $2.25 million.

The NZ Defence Force began delivering emergency aid to Tonga on Tuesday night.

A 10-member initial assessment team led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade also arrived to help Tongan authorities identify the worst-hit areas in the country.

Pictures: Cyclone Gita damage in Tonga

Tonga's Parliament House after Cyclone Gita. Supplied Cyclone Gita damage in Tonga Slideshow provided by Radio New Zealand

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