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Tonga Police lacks capacity in search and rescue

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/05/2017

 

Capacity Building is a fundamental key in Tonga Police Search and Rescue Unit.

 

‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau – Acting Deputy Police Commissioner told Radio NZ International while attending the Search and rescue workers conference in Auckland.

 

He says help from New Zealand and Australia is appreciated in Tonga.

 

“We are very fortunate to have the support of New Zealand police and Australian federal police donating to us three stabicraft vessels in the past year and a half and then from there on I think the capacity for the people who doing actually on this at the fields, that’s what we really need to have some capacity in police back in Tonga.”

 

Mike Hill of New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre said New Zealand search and rescue authorities wanted to build stronger relationships with Pacific island countries.

 

He said the conference will lead into important discussions such as dealing with search and rescue prevention, making sure that there is some sensible planning and reasonable forms of communication.

 

100 people from 26 countries are expected to attend the Pacific Search and Rescue Conference which opens in Auckland today.

 

The highlight of the SAR conference will be a public demonstration on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour this afternoon.

 

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