New Zealand High Commissioner, Deborah Punckhurst, handed over 250-thousand dollars worth of assistance to the Guadalcanal Relief Centre for relief work relating to the recent flooding in the Northwest and Northeast of the island.

The money is being used to meet computers, communication facilities, stationary for the relief Centre and to meet the repair costs a ship which is used by the province to transport relief supplies to the affected villages.

In receiving the money yesterday, Guadalcanal Premier, Stephen Panga, said the assistance is helping the province's relief centre to speed up recovery and relief efforts to those affected.

He said communication for such relief work is very important and the funding assistance will ensure officers respond quickly to the needs of the people.

Mr. Panga expressed appreciation to the New Zealand High Commissioner for supporting the current relief work and as well as support that New Zealand has given to schools and clinics in the province.

The Premier said emergency relief supplies have already reached affected communities in Northwest Guadalcanal, whilst assessment teams are yet to put together their reports on flooding in Northeast Guadalcanal before any relief supplies could reach them.

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