Flying High Above The Pacific With The
Photo essay from Scoop Co-Editor Alastair Thompson on Assignment in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons - CLICK IMAGES FOR BIG VERSIONS
On Saturday 22nd October a RNZAF 757, Flight NPB970, carrying a New Zealand media contingent, the official New Zealand PM's Party, & the premiers of Samoa, Kiribas, Naaru and Tahiti departed from Wellington for Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where this year's Pacific Island Forum is being hosted.
The Forum proper does not begin till Tuesday, and on Sunday the Media was taken on a day trip to Honiara in the Solomon Islands (click to view a virtual tour of Honiara with NZ PM Helen Clark) where the Prime Minister toured the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) operations to which New Zealand has contributed heavily over the past three years.
To provide Scoop readers – most of whom will probably not get a chance to fly RNZAF - with a visual taste of what it is like to fly NZ Air Force airways the following photo essay is offered…
Flight NPB970 arrives in Wellington ready to pick up its human cargo.
.... watch this space for full coverage of this years Pacific Island forum.