5 KIWI RELIEF WORKERS STOOD DOWN
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