5 KIWI RE­LIEF WORK­ERS STOOD DOWN

Fiji Sun - - Nation -

Five mem­bers of the New Zealand De­fence Force car­ry­ing out hu­man­i­tar­ian aid as­sis­tance in an af­fected cy­clone hit area are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for their al­leged in­volve­ment over the use of an un­known sub­stance. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Force, the in­ci­dent hap­pened last Sun­day. The NZDF mis­sion to Fiji was one of the largest de­ploy­ments to the Pa­cific with around 500 com­bat en­gi­neers, sol­diers, air crew, two ships, and six air­craft in­clud­ing two multi-role he­li­copters de­ployed since last month. One ship re­turned to Auck­land last week­end. “The five per­son­nel have been stood down from their nor­mal du­ties, while in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­gresses,” the state­ment said. The mat­ter had not af­fected the NZDF’s hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port op­er­a­tion in Fiji. No fur­ther com­ments were made as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

Arieta Vakasukawaqa Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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