from the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta and a New Zealand
Police officer are in Bali making checks for New Zealand
New Zealanders in Bali are advised to
exercise extreme caution and to contact family and friends
in New Zealand to confirm they are safe.
concerned about family and friends in Kuta and Jimbaran
should try to contact them directly in the first instance.
They can also call the special Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade number: 0800 432 111 (from overseas +64 4 439
The Ministry has so far received enquiries about
407 people, of whom 256 have been confirmed alive and well.
To reiterate, at this stage there is no word of any New
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