In the past few weeks, four local experts travelled to New Zealand as part of the Niue Emergency Response Team to assist and support the Hawkes Bay communities in their recovery period post-cyclone Gabrielle, and just last week they have returned back home.
BCN News spoke with team lead Robin Hekau last Wednesday who shared how grateful the Pacific communities in the Hawkes Bay region were for their help and support in their recovery period.
Niue’s Emergency Response Team included team lead and NDMO director Robin Hekau, Alana Fiafia Rex of Oma Tafua, AnneMarie Aholima of PMCU and Hetututama Hetutu of the Avatele Village Council.
BCN News spoke with team lead Robin Hekau
“We went down to assist more for the Pacific people, doing their proposals and preparations for them. We didn’t really know much until we went down there and we were attached with two offices which are the Civil Defence office and also the Pacific Health Services Te Whatu Ora….