Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Army personnel return from Niue

16 June 2005

Army personnel return from Niue

Sapper Shaun Ruddle clears fallen trees from the Vinivini track

Niue, the small Pacific island devastated by Cyclone Heta last year, now has a new industrial park, refurbished sea tracks and bush walks, and other improvements, following a training exercise by the New Zealand Army.

The 120-strong Army contingent is to return home to New Zealand on Saturday after spending three weeks on the island. The work the engineers completed was funded by NZAID, the New Zealand International Aid and Development agency.

Much of the island's infrastructure was destroyed when Cyclone Heta struck in January 2004. Small businesses near the cliff tops were washed into the ocean when huge waves battered the island, hence the need for an industrial park further inland.

Constructing a footbridge on the Limu sea track are, from left, Sappers Michael Foot and Michael Dean, and Warrant Officer Andrew Harrison.

Sea tracks through the coral cliffs which allow fishermen and tourists access to fishing, snorkelling and diving were also wrecked in the storm. The engineers restored the tracks, and built footbridges and stairs to improve access. They also cleared a major tourist draw card, the Vinivini rainforest track after it became overgrown and impassable.

The Army team included a dentist and dental hygienist who checked and treated the teeth of all the island's 500 school children.

The exercise, known as Tropic Twlight, is held every two years to provide training in a tropical environment and civil aid.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election