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


NZDF Sends More Troops to Edgecumbe

Media Release

7 April 2017

NZDF Sends More Troops to Edgecumbe

The New Zealand Defence Force sent 23 more soldiers this afternoon to help man cordons in Edgecumbe, which has been engulfed by floodwater after heavy rain on Thursday.

Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the Army Reservists, backed by two trucks and two other vehicles, were dispatched after a request from the Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre.

“Their main tasks are to assist police in maintaining the cordons and checkpoints around the areas that have been evacuated, to ensure the safety of people and property,” Air Commodore McEvoy said.

Two NZDF members were sent to Edgecumbe on Thursday to help New Zealand Fire Service staff ensure residents in flooded areas had evacuated.

Earlier this week, the NZDF sent 50 staff to Whanganui and Rangitikei to help evacuate residents, fill sandbags, check on residents in flooded areas and man cordons after the councils declared local states of emergency.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>


Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>


Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>


CORRECTIONS (March 2017):


$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>


JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news