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NZ Army On Stand By In Bay Of Plenty


NZ Army On Stand By In Bay Of Plenty

34 Army personnel, and ten UNIMOG trucks remain on stand by to assist in the flood ravaged Bay of Plenty area this morning.

In the past 24 hours personnel and vehicles from 6 Hauraki Battalion Group and Auckland Northland Battalion Group, Territorial Force units, have provided assistance to the Police at check-points set up in Tauranga suburbs, used four UNIMOGs to evacuate 50 people from Papamoa, and supplied Army sleeping bags, blankets and stretchers to Bay Park, currently being used as a temporary evacuation centre.

Army liaison officers remain at Civil Defence Headquarters in Tauranga and Whakatane. Members of the New Zealand Cadet Forces have also been assisting with the relief effort in Tauranga.

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