Media Release: Relief to Reef, Anuta, Tikopia and Duff Islands

Date: 29/10/2017

Severe Weather Event and/ or Natural Hazard: Cyclone Donna & Tinakula Volcanic Ash fall



Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands have been experiencing an on-going critical food shortage after Cyclone Donna damaged root crops in early May 2017.

Reef Islands are currently experiencing a critical water shortage due to widespread ash-fall contamination of their water supplies following the minor eruption of Tinakula volcano on Saturday 21st October 2017.



NDMO is facilitating the food relief response of 40 tonnes of rice to travel to Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands on the MV Onogou for 2593 affected people. 

NDMO is facilitating the water relief of 11, 790 cartons of bottled water. The majority has been loaded on the MV. Onogou. The remaining water will be shipped this week via another shipping vessel. Water relief will be distributed to 6485 affected people in Reef Islands.


NZAid and DFAT provided the water relief. SIG provided the food relief and all logistical costs.

Medical supplies will be unloaded at Lata Port. 

NDMO volunteers will be deployed along with the relief effort supplies to assist in the distribution of goods and further assessments.

The Geological team will disembark at Lata and report to PDMO and NDMO. 

The Response Deployment will last from 29/10/2017 -11/11/2017. 



The MV Onogou completed loading at 11.30pm Saturday 28th October. 

The MV Onogou is not a chartered vessel and will follow its normal schedule through the islands with community OBM Canoes engaged by NDMO to distribute goods.  


Be careful to avoid outbreaks of diarrhea by maintaining good personal and toilet hygiene and not drinking dirty water OR EATING unwashed fruits, for example, local apples which are now in season.

NDMO encourages the public to take wise decisions to remain safe, strong and healthy during this time.

Check our website for further updates and listen to SIBC and other radio stations at main news times.